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4 hourly vs 4/24

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by wingcharm wingcharm (Member)

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I'm still confused with these two terms used for frequency of medication (4 hourly vs 4/24)... are they the same or different? Please help. :confused:

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Case Management RN.

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Q 4 hourly = every four hours (0001, 0400, 0800, 1200, 1600, 2000)

4/24 = four doses in a 24 hour period (0001, 0600, 1200, 1800)

Feel free to come along and correct me if I am wrong. :)

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I'm changing my response to avoid confusion.

According to the document posted by Matthew EN, they are the same (to answer OP question).

That is certainly not how we would interpret that in the US, but no point in going into that.

Edited by JKL33

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MunoRN has 10 years experience and works as a Critical Care.

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I had never heard of that abbreviation before but just based on basic math, 4/24, ie 4 per 24 would pretty clearly seem to imply 4 doses over a 24 hour period, which would be q 6hrs not q 4hrs, so if it's meant to mean q 4hrs I can see why it's a banned abbreviation.

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