Can ER doctors give dialysis orders? - page 2

I am so confused on this issue. I've been called in the middle of uckthe night only to find the er dr wrote an order for a pt to be dialysed and discharged. lucky for me i read the progress notes and... Read More

  1. by   diabo
    Yeah, we get that all the time where I work too. When I ask for complete orders like QB, DF, heparin bolus and rate, uf target, bath, they usually back down call the nephrologist. We can't " make up" orders when they ask, "What do you normally do?"

    That being said, when the patient has a potassium of 8 plus, and the nephrologist can't be reached, I will go out on a limb and write the verbal orders knowing that the Doc will back me up.