Skip to main content

Volume 10 Supplement 1

de Senectute: Age and Health Forum

  • Lecture presentation
  • Open access
  • Published:

Drug therapy: preparation, administration and disposal

The role of nurses

Nursing literature are shown in a series of general controls to be carried out in order to eliminate or minimize the possibility of occurrence of errors during the process of administration of therapy.

These controls include

registration of prescription drugs;

Rule of 6 G.

For registration of the prescription means the need for a prescription (written) found in the medical and / or folder nursing. The prescription of a drug must appear seven elements that provide adequate completeness of information than what is being administered and the person to whom it is administered:

  1. 1)

    the person's name,

  2. 2)

    the date of the prescription,

  3. 3)

    the name of the drug,

  4. 4)


  5. 5)

    route of administration,

  6. 6)

    the frequency of intake,

  7. 7)

    the signature of someone who has prescribed therapy.

Types of prescription

  • Current prescription,

  • Second protocol,

  • Prescription as needed,

  • Emergency prescription: drugs,

  • Requirements and telephone records;

The rule of 6 gs

1.The right drug: compare the prescription with your treatment, knowing the action of the drug, dosage and route of administration, side effects, incompatibilities with other drugs;

2. The right person: to check the person's name and number of bed with one written on the card of therapy, if you ask the person their name and surname;

3. The right time: this factor is controllable when you decide on the distribution of the therapeutic dose daily. Often the doctor prescribes how many times a day to administer the drug, the nurse will then determine the correct time in order to maintain its constant blood level over 24 hours;

4 .The right route of administration: any drug can have multiple routes of administration that need to know. Some formulations may be administered by one route, such as intravenous, others need to change the type of solvent, depending on the route of administration;

5. The right dose: is always advisable to check the correctness of dosage;

6. Proper recording: to record the registration tab of therapy with the signature of the nurse.

figure 1

Figure 1

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Open Access This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Diano, G., Vrenna, P. Drug therapy: preparation, administration and disposal. BMC Geriatr 10 (Suppl 1), L75 (2010).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI: