The Five Rights

Patient Medication Safety, Desert Springs Hospital, Las Vegas, Nevada

During your stay at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, you can expect to receive five rights in regard to your medications:

  1. To receive the right drug
  2. Given by the right route (mouth, intervenous, etc.)
  3. The right dose
  4. At the right time
  5. To the right patient. The single most important way you can help to promote safe medication usage is to be an active member of your health team. That means taking part in every decision about your health care. Uninvolved and uninformed patients are less likely to accept the doctor's choice of treatment and less likely to do what they need to do to make the treatment work

During your stay, we need you to participate in your care by:

  • Telling the doctor/nurse about every medicine you take. (Prescription, herbs, over-the-counter)
  • Making sure we know about any allergies/reactions to medicines you have taken.
  • Knowing the name of the medicine, what it is for and when you should be taking it.
  • Speaking up if you think you are about to receive the wrong medication.
  • Not hesitating to tell the health care professional if you think he or she has confused you with another patient.
  • Communicating with your health team when you have concerns, questions or don't understand something.

While you are in the hospital, you may take different medicines than you did before your hospitalization. The time schedule for taking your medicines may be different than when you take your medicines at home.

When you are discharged, find out when you should resume taking your medicines at home. Ask what you should do if you have an unexpected reaction to your medicines.