A nurse is helping a patient and realizes the patient is receiving the wrong IV medication. The first action taken by the nurse should be:


•The nurse should immediately stop the infusion to avoid any further harm to the patient. The nurse should then notify the physician to determine the next course of action.

•The three remaining choices should be done, but not until after stopping the infusion and ensuring patient safety.

•The patient's chart will objectively note the medication and dose that was given and the patient's reaction as well as any follow-up orders, but does not document a medication error.

•The incident report documents the medication error and allows risk management to investigate the root cause in an effort to prevent future occurrences.

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