Statement 5.1

  • Section 5

"The “seven rights” (the right patient, right medicine, right dose, right route, right time, right information and right documentation) should be fulfilled in all medicines-related activities in the hospital.” 

What does it mean for patients? Hospital pharmacists aim to ensure that patients receive the right drug at the right dose, via the right route at the right time. Patients should be informed about their medication and are entitled to be provided with all information regarding their treatment. Documentation and information are also required for continuous assessment.

What does it mean for healthcare professionals? Hospital pharmacists aim to ensure that patients receive the right drug at the right dose, via the right route at the right time. Only medicines administered at the correct time are effective. Hospital pharmacists ensure that the seven rights of the patient are adhered to, assisting other healthcare professionals. Complete documentation is vital for accountability and continual assessment. Hospital pharmacists should assist other healthcare professionals completing relevant documentation and checking all aspects of medication before administration.

What does it mean for Hospital Pharmacists? Hospital pharmacists should promote the availability of internal procedures that describe the fulfilling of the "seven rights" of the patient. Hospital pharmacists should be involved in the education of health professionals on the "seven rights".
Hospital pharmacists should supervise that the internal procedures are respected and must document their pharmaceutical interventions.