What is the policy for when the lab is ringing with a patients blood results?

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    I'm stuck on this question on my assignment and i need help! Also what is the policy for when a family member asks about a patients change in heart medication?
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    Quote from TBONENURSE
    I'm stuck on this question on my assignment and i need help! Also what is the policy for when a family member asks about a patients change in heart medication?
    Anytime the lab is calling with a critical lab value, the nurse should use a read back method along with providing their name, and then notifying physician and documenting

    I am not sure I really understand your question about the medication change. Patients and family should always be educated about any medication, especially medication a pt will be d/c'ed with.
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    It will vary where you work. At my hospital you read back the result and they ask your full name for their records.You owuld then document that you were notified of a critical value and let the doctor know.

    If a family member asks about someone's meds you can explain the medication change as long as they are the POA.Where I work only the POA can be given patient information.
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    thanks for the first part.

    yep not sure either lol. but thanks anyway
    Last edit by TBONENURSE on Apr 16, '13 : Reason: mistake


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