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Medication Safety in Prehospital Settings – Safe Storage and Identification of Medications

Posted by Spencer Fullerton on 5/22/2012

Medication errors tend to be associated with hospitals but they can happen anywhere and especially in a fast paced prehospital environment.  Many remember learning about medication safety in school but what about the 5R’s: Right patient, Right drug, Right dose, Right route and Right time? Many EMS agencies have added the sixth right being Right documentation. In the hospital setting medication errors occur during the prescribing, dispensing and administration of medications. Physicians, pharmacists and nurses are involved. In the prehospital setting, EMTs and paramedics perform the duties of these individuals.