Avoiding medication errors can be even easier if you use these 12 tips.
Confirm that the patient’s weight is correct, write weight on each order written, and make sure that weight-based dose does not exceed the adult dose.
Induce dose and volume of medication when appropriate and specify the exact dosage strength to be used.
Use a zero to the left of a dose less than 1 to avoid 10-fold dosing errors (ie, use 0.1 milliliters rather than .1 milliliters).
When prescribing outpatient medications, always ask the pharmacist to dispense an appropriate measuring device.
Avoid use of a terminal zero to the right of the decimal point to minimize 10-fold dosing errors (ie, use 5 milliliters rather than 5.0 milliliters).
Write intravenous fluid orders clearly, ensuring that additives are quantified per liter and rates noted per hour.
Do not abbreviate drug names, use generic medication names rather than trade names, and spell out dosage units rather than using abbreviations.