Abbreviation:PO vs OR

  1. OK, here I go:

    I was always taught that the abbreviation for oral meds is PO. I always used that and thought it was the standard. Our computer charting software uses I believe, Medispan (I think!) for the meds, and the abbreviation used for oral meds is OR. I asked why that is, and was told that when we first started testing the sotware the question was brought up to the makers of the program, who told us that many clinics and hospitals use OR for oral meds, and "no one has ever complained". So my question is.......what does your facility, be it hospital, clinic, homecare, anything at all-use to abbreviate oral meds???? (I am just curious)!!
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   flowerchild
    Never heard of OR used for abbr. for oral meds. Sounds like who ever wrote the program wasn't a nurse.
    PO is the standard abbr. everywhere I have ever worked for oral route.
    OR is the abbr. for Operating Room.
  4. by   LeesieBug
    PO Haven't ever heard OR used around here.
  5. by   Katnip
    Po is the only way I've seen oral route done. OR is operating room as far as I'm concerned.

    I'd start complaining to this software company. I'm not even sure if OR is a legitimate abbreviation
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Just called our pharmacist and he said he has never heard of using OR for PO meds. And he has worked in various hospitals in different states.

    Weird.
  7. by   azgirl
    PO is the only thing I have heard.
  8. by   P_RN
    PO but by mouth would be better considering some doctors' and nurses' sloppy handwriting.
  9. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    PO in every place I've ever worked or had clinical rotations. OR is operating room to me too. Maybe they want you to take your pt to the OR to give em PO meds.....LMAO!!
  10. by   niteshiftnurse
    We have always used PO.........what if they are not to eat anything after midnite.............NOR???
  11. by   RNIAM
    PO is what we use
  12. by   CCL"Babe"
    Ditto.
    PO= by mouth
    OR= Operating Room.
  13. by   petiteflower
    PO--oral route

    lol niteshiftnurse
  14. by   jnette
    definately PO is the standard... but that said, the "proton" we use in our computer at work doesn't recognize PO either.. but if you type in OR, it comes up as ORAL. It will accept that.

    Interesting.

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