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6 rights of medication administration
1. right patient
2. right medication
3. right route
4. right dose
5. right time
6. right documentation
(7. right to refuse)
Protective Mechanisms that Pediatrics lack
- thin & permeable skin
- lacks gastric acid
- lacks lung mucosal barriers
- poorly regulated body temp
- immature liver & kidney
Not used in infants or children with underdeveloped muscles. May be used for toddlers and older children.
Factors affecting IM site selection
- avoid nerves and vessels
- less subcutaneous thickness
- muscle mass appropriate to med volume
- ease of access or position
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