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Changing medication Forms - page 2

Can/should a RN change a mediction form without an MD order. ex MAR reads: ASA 325mg PO every am (one 325mg tablet). the nurse med room nurses crushs the med or change it to a BC powder without... Read More

  1. Visit  SquishyRN profile page
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    Quote from SaoirseRN
    When I have a patient ordered oral potassium who can't swallow pills, I call the pharmacy and have them send liquid KCl instead, no doctor involved. Usually though the doctors don't specify "tablets", rather just the dose PO, so as long as what I'm giving is the correct PO dose, the form shouldn't matter.
    Exactly what I was going to say... I was thinking the oral potassium as an example too...
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  2. Visit  jmll1765 profile page
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    Quote from SaoirseRN
    When I have a patient ordered oral potassium who can't swallow pills, I call the pharmacy and have them send liquid KCl instead, no doctor involved. Usually though the doctors don't specify "tablets", rather just the dose PO, so as long as what I'm giving is the correct PO dose, the form shouldn't matter.
    Me too. Most of our patients are on potassium replacement protocols that specify either oral or IV. I can order liquid or tablet under the protocol.
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  3. Visit  morte profile page
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    If it is going to cost more, you may need a doc's order, esp. LTC
    Quote from SaoirseRN
    When I have a patient ordered oral potassium who can't swallow pills, I call the pharmacy and have them send liquid KCl instead, no doctor involved. Usually though the doctors don't specify "tablets", rather just the dose PO, so as long as what I'm giving is the correct PO dose, the form shouldn't matter.
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  4. Visit  SaoirseRN profile page
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    Quote from morte
    If it is going to cost more, you may need a doc's order, esp. LTC
    In Canada, so maybe that's the difference but it has never been a problem. I just tell pharmacy that the patient cannot swallow whole pills and ask for the liquid, and that is what they will send.
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