medications scheduled "AD"

  1. I am researching medications on my former client for an assignment. The NaCl IV lists 'AD' as the frequency. What does this mean? My clinical instructor didn't know, either, but said it is probably something specific to that particular institution....or maybe she just wanted me to find out on my own.

    thanks!
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  3. by   caliotter3
    I looked up AD in my Taber's and it said ad is an abbreviation for "right ear". I don't think they meant that. Probably somebody's handwriting was misinterpreted or there was a typo. This is a good example of why orders should be written out in full.
  4. by   nurz2be
    Quote from bookworm1
    I am researching medications on my former client for an assignment. The NaCl IV lists 'AD' as the frequency. What does this mean? My clinical instructor didn't know, either, but said it is probably something specific to that particular institution....or maybe she just wanted me to find out on my own.

    thanks!
    I used to do transcription for a physician who used this with patients. The way he used it was medication that was to be dispensed AD (after discharge). Sometimes this particular doctor had patients that were on specific medications prior to entering the hospital and he would suspend those medications, depending on the reason for admission, and then have on the orders the AD for meds that would resume or start AFTER discharge.

    Hope this helps.
  5. by   bookworm1
    None of these sound right...unless the AD does mean After Discharge when she was moved from tele down to the general med/surg floor? The problem with that is the dates don't match up. Definately not for the ear! On another form in the chart, the abbreviation UD is used for the same medication under frequency, but I cannot find the meaning for this one, either. I have a hard time believing that BOTH abbreviations are mistakes in transcription!

    Thanks everyone for your help.

    I just realized that I didn't include what the med is! It is for a bag of NS IV. The rate is clearly identified, just not the frequency.
    Last edit by bookworm1 on Nov 17, '07 : Reason: more info
  6. by   beth66335
    The abbreviation "ud" means as directed. AD sounds like an unapproved abbreviation he has made himself for "as directed". "UD" doesn't appear in any of my references, or "AD" either. If he already had an order for the rate on the NS, he just wants to continue giving that amount/hr at that rate.
    Last edit by beth66335 on Nov 17, '07
  7. by   Conrad283
    It doesn't matter what it is. I am willing to put money on the fact that that is an illegal abbreviation.
  8. by   beth66335
    Quote from Conrad283
    It doesn't matter what it is. I am willing to put money on the fact that that is an illegal abbreviation.
    :yeahthat:
  9. by   bookworm1
    Thanks again. I will have to add the UD to my chart of unknown abbreviations for future reference! It didn't even show up on the list of unacceptable abbreviations.
  10. by   Daytonite
    The abbreviation AD is used in medication administration for "alternating days". It's one of the abbreviations that ISMP wants to see eliminated from use. I've seen some sources refer to it as a dangerous abbreviation to use.
  11. by   nurz2be
    Quote from Daytonite
    The abbreviation AD is used in medication administration for "alternating days". It's one of the abbreviations that ISMP wants to see eliminated from use. I've seen some sources refer to it as a dangerous abbreviation to use.
    Somehow I KNEW if you saw this post Daytonite that you would know the answer. All the things trapped in your brain are AMAZING.

    I wanna be like Daytonite when I am a grown up nursey!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. by   Chloe'sinNYNow
    Ditto!!

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