Drug orders PO "o.d."?

  1. 0 I'm doing a care plan based on a case study, and one of the meds listed is Lasix 80 mg PO, o.d.
    What does "o.d." mean? I've read that it can mean right (or was that left?) eye, or overdose, but obviously it has something to do with frequency in this case.
    Anybody know what it means? Could it be typo for q.d.?
  2. Visit  missninaRN profile page

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  3. Visit  muffie profile page
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    once daily
  4. Visit  Candice31 profile page
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    od means left eye at my school but it wouldnt make since cause po means by mouth
  5. Visit  Candice31 profile page
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    And if your not sure if it was a typo ALWAYS ASK. Its better to ask someone then make a mistake
  6. Visit  P_RN profile page
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    No way should you give this. It's a bogus order. OD is not an abbreviation for anything oral. The doctor needs to clarify.
  7. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    I totally agree. BTW Jcaho have now drastically decreased the number of approved abbreviations and actually od, os, ou (left eye, right eye and both eyes) out of the system.
  8. Visit  augigi profile page
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    I assume it means once daily, but the others are correct, it's not a proper abbreviation so it should be checked.
  9. Visit  Daytonite profile page
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    "o.d." means every day. it's not an abbreviation that you see used that commonly.

    since someone brought up the issue of disapproved abbreviations (that's a jcaho thing, by the way), here's a link to the institute for safe medication practices' list of error-prone abbreviations, symbols, and dose designations. you will see that "o.d." is on the list.

    http://www.ismp.org/tools/errorproneabbreviations.pdf
  10. Visit  sanctuary profile page
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    Yep. But usually written QOD. But OD works
  11. Visit  Daytonite profile page
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    went over to the jcaho site and retrieved this for everyone to see:

    http://www.jointcommission.org/nr/rd...6_dnu_list.pdf - the official jcaho "do not use" list
  12. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    Actually, as an APN I have a list of abbreviations at every hospital where I work and its getting smaller daily! QOD is not not approved either. Actually, I write out everything.
  13. Visit  missninaRN profile page
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    Thanks so much for the information. I've saved the do not use lists for future reference.
    This is a case study from an older nursing book, I guess. Will double check with my instructor. It's not an actual order so I will not be giving this drug. Just have to write a care plan.
  14. Visit  augigi profile page
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    QOD is every other day, not every day according to that 'do not use' list.


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