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I guess it would depend on the situation....we crush to put in a suspension solution or water to give to our kids because it doesn't come any other way. Is it a person who can't swallow pills? But you also have to be aware that certain things can NOT be crushed.
I think the person to ask is your risk manager or Educator, if you are in a facility. If this is homework, I would lean towards ALWAYS following orders to the letter. You can learn in practice what the law is for your area and what the practice is in your facility.
This the only statement from this states parctice act...
"Implementing the treatment and pharmaceutical regimen prescribed by
any person authorized by State law to prescribe the regimen."
I'm seeking information as to when a nurse (RN &/or LPN) might change this "prescribed regimen" without consulting the person ordering it....
So for all I have is what are the facilities policy.. looks like we need to write some ??????
Thanks for everyones input.
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.