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Types of Order
This is one that should be carried out for a specified number of days or until another order cancels it. For example, standing orders given by the medical officer of PHC in emergency situations.
It states guidelines for administering a medication when needed.
(e.g., pain killers, laxatives.)
It is a written order for a medication which is administered only once, (e.g., preoperative medications.)
It is a medication order which is administered immediately and only once,
(e.g., INJ Lasix 20 mg IV stat.)
Sometimes after discussion with the doctor about the clients condition over the phone, the nurse may write the ordered medication on the physicians order sheet which is designated as “T.O.” The physician must countersign the order at a specified time period, which is usually 48 hours.
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