Drug orders PO "o.d."?

  1. 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.?
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   muffie
    once daily
  4. by   Candice31
    od means left eye at my school but it wouldnt make since cause po means by mouth
  5. by   Candice31
    And if your not sure if it was a typo ALWAYS ASK. Its better to ask someone then make a mistake
  6. by   P_RN
    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. by   traumaRUs
    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. by   augigi
    I assume it means once daily, but the others are correct, it's not a proper abbreviation so it should be checked.
  9. by   Daytonite
    "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. by   sanctuary
    Yep. But usually written QOD. But OD works
  11. by   Daytonite
    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. by   traumaRUs
    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. by   missninaRN
    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. by   augigi
    QOD is every other day, not every day according to that 'do not use' list.

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