Specialties Geriatric


  • by 311ltc
    Specializes in Geriatrics.

If a prn medication is ordered q 6 hrs, can it be given again after 5 hrs or does it need to be kept to 6 hrs? The reason I ask is because I had a nurse say you have the hour before and hour after to give meds. I thought that rule applied to scheduled meds, not prns.



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Specializes in Hospice, LTC, Rehab, Home Health.

In my experience, you are correct -- however, I'm not so anal that I won't give it a few minutes early (5, 10, 15 minutes for example)


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Look up drug administration recommendations, dosage, half life, maximum in 24 hrs etc. Do the research... e.g BNF. If patient's symptoms require a different dosage or whatever, as the patient's advocate you have a responsibility to bring this to the attention of your co-workers and the patient's doctor, etc. Best Practice and Advcoacy. Happy Days. Helen

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