✦ = 3–6 points
✶ = 7–9 points
6. ✶ Warmly greet and identify the
patient both by stating his or
her name and examining any
printed identiﬁcation such as
a wrist name band or medical
record. Ask the patient to state
his or her date of birth. Introduce
yourself to the patient and ask if
the patient has any allergies.
7. ✦ Tell the patient the name of the
medication and dosage that
you are administering per the
physician’s order. Ask if the
patient has any questions before
receiving the medication.
8. ✦ Position the patient for the site
you are using.
9. ✶ Using a circular motion, clean
the patient’s skin with an alcohol
wipe. Wipe the skin with a
sweeping motion from the center
of the area outward.
10. ✶ Once again check the medication
dosage against the patient’s order
to determine if this is the correct
time to administer the dose (one of
the “10 rights”).
11. ✦ Remove the protective covering
from the needle using care
not to touch the needle. If you
accidentally touch the needle,
excuse yourself to the patient,
then return to the preparation
area and change the needle on
the syringe. If you are using a
self-contained syringe and needle
unit that does not come apart,
discard the entire syringe with the
medication and start the process
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