I would love to have ANY input on this subject. Where is the rule book on giving PRN pain medication ?? Does anyone out there have any input ??
Sep 19, '07
Quote from MustangSallie1997
I would love to have ANY input on this subject. Where is the rule book on giving PRN pain medication ?? I was working on a Mother Baby unit at the time where Percocet was given out like candy. We practiced under the belief that we could give pain meds up to 30 min "early" if a patient needed it. After being with my employer for almost 10 years, I was FIRED and REPORTED to the BON. Does anyone out there have any input ?? Is it, or is it not ok to give pain meds early if requested ????
If the patient was ok hemodynamically and respiratory wise....we use the 30 minute window. You have to look at the overall situation and your patient. But that is our policy. I would not give q 4 hour pain meds every 3.5 hours and I always look at when the last dose was given. We also wirte our pain meds on a flow sheet (double work) but it does let us quickly assess the frequency of pain meds given and whether their pain meds are effective. Patient by Patient situation. Wow...I'm sorry.
Last edit by CVICURN2003 on Sep 19, '07
: Reason: clarification