Published Jul 3, 2009
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.
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)
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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