question about doctors order

  1. I'm creating a MAR and I have to know info on my meds for checkoff tomorrow and having trouble understanding one thing.

    This is just make up stuff, not real life. Patient was admitted for HTN, DM, and GERD

    Nubain 10 mg IM on call to endoscopy lab

    For indications, I know this is pain medication but what does the "on call to endoscopy lab" mean? That the patient will take this for pain before going to get an endoscopy possibly for GERD?

    Scarlett
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  3. by   Achoo!
    Maybe it will go to endoscopy with the patient if they need it?
  4. by   solumedrol
    Quote from srg4784
    I'm creating a MAR and I have to know info on my meds for checkoff tomorrow and having trouble understanding one thing.

    This is just make up stuff, not real life. Patient was admitted for HTN, DM, and GERD

    Nubain 10 mg IM on call to endoscopy lab

    For indications, I know this is pain medication but what does the "on call to endoscopy lab" mean? That the patient will take this for pain before going to get an endoscopy possibly for GERD?

    Scarlett
    I think you have to call endoscopy lab and find out if you need to administer the medication prior to the patient going to the endoscopy lab for the procedure.

    by the way, what is Nubain for?
  5. by   jmgrn65
    on call to.... means when they call or come for pt for said procedure then you give the medication.
  6. by   Daytonite
    Hi, Scarlett!

    jmgrn65's answer is correct. As a practicing nurse you will be having this happening a lot. When the GI labs, the OR, or whatever specialty procedure room the patient is destined for is getting ready to receive them, they will call to the unit to let you know this. They do this so you will give this pre-procedure medication. That way, by the time the patient gets to the procedure room, the medication is on board and working. Because of the way things work, you cannot put an exact time on the MAR, so "on call" is the way it is handled. Some of these procedure rooms do not stock any medications, particularly narcotics, so it is often up to the floor nurses to administer the medicines. Many patients going to the OR will have medications given this way as well, particular pre-op sedation or antibiotics.

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