Hydromorphone: Handle with Care

Nurses are taught to administer medications after confirming the 5 “rights”: patient; drug; dose; route; and time. Despite this diligence, medication errors still occur. When that medication is a narcotic, the effect on the patient can be dire. The 2006┬áCompendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties┬ánotes that hydomorphone, also known as Dilaudid, is approximately eight times more…

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