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Medication standing orders

by WorkinperthAus WorkinperthAus (New) New

Specializes in Education, Ortho, Plastics, Gen Surg.

:confused: Where does a nurse stand legally when using a standing order to administer a medication if an electronic version of an order does not show a signature? Does a hard copy somewhere on file count? DO you administer medications from a standing order in your practise, and if so what checks do you have to say it is a legal order? I am currently reviewing our hospitals process for doctors standing orders and am trying to determine if we should continue to allow medication orders to be included or if each patient should have a specific medication order made via the medication chart. (Lots of resistence to change by the Doctors :devil:)

Haven't seen any standing orders. Everything is written for every single patient.