Not all types of medications can be administered at home or by someone without special training. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers are trained in how to give you medication safely.
Administration of medication requires thorough understanding the drug, how it moves through your body, when it needs to be administered, possible side effects and dangerous reactions, proper storage, handling and disposal.
Healthcare providers are trained in all of these issues. In fact, many healthcare providers keep in mind the “SIX RIGHTs” when they administer drugs: the right patient, right drug, right dose, right route, right time and right documentation.
Medication errors happen all too often in the United States, even when drugs are given by professionals. The Food and Drug Administration receives more than 100,000 reports of medication errorsTrusted Source annually through its MedWatch program.
These errors can take place when: prescribing a drug, entering the drug or dosage information into a computer system, a drug is being prepared or dispensed, a drug is taken by or given to someone.
The “rights” are the starting points to make sure that medications are given correctly and safely.