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A Washington woman has filed suit against the nursing home where her mother resided. The suit alleges that the nursing home staff was negligent in administering morphine to her mother.

The suit follows a finding by the local coroner that a morphine overdose led to the death of the patient.

There are some basic things that have to be verified before a nurse gives medication to a patient, especially when the drug is as potent as morphine. Nurses refer to these are the “5 R’s”: right patient, right drug, right dose, right time, and right method. Errors is any of the five can have tragic results.

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