Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Administration of MMT - Tips for identification of Right Client

  • Even clients whom the nurse has dealt with on numerous occasions must state their first and last name and dose for comparison to the label, prior to administering each time.
  • Clients with similar names must be highlighted or identified to alert the nurse.
    The nurse must be able to verify the identity of a client he/she is not familiar with. Methods may include: either a photo ID provided by the client, comparison of picture ID kept by the clinic, or visual verification by another clinic employee who can verify the client’s identity prior to administering a dose of methadone.
  • Clients should be served one at a time to ensure there are no distractions. Other clients waiting should be asked to step back to ensure confidentiality.
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