I don't know what to say. The whole quote regarding this is an ambiguous sentence or two from someone who may or may not ever touch patients or these machines, whose team performed an analysis.
Okay. I'll just quote the report (quote is from the MAPST, Manager of Adult Patient Safety Team, p.22):
My point is that we do not know the status under which the medication was ordered (STAT, NOW, Routine, PRN, etc). I have not been able to find that. She may have had reason to believe that it was entered as a STAT order since the patient was already down in radiology waiting for the med. But what we can't assume is that it wasn't entered STAT just because the situation was not in fact a dire emergency. It may indeed have been ordered STAT. She may have had reason to know that in such situations where the med is wanted sooner rather than later, it would be entered as STAT.
You see what I mean? So the wrong med pops up, somewhere on the screen is the override button, which has a warning saying it is for STAT orders. Given the perversion of the use of STAT/NOW order status, she very well may have believed that it was a STAT order.
Or she may have overlooked the 'red box' (whatever it was) like she overlooked everything else.
The thing is, aside from RV, if you (we all) are interested in keeping patients safe, it does matter how override is commonly used, off the record, in that facility. Not how I use it or how some other nurse uses it, but what the tenor of its use is in that facility. This could be a situation that was utterly out of the ordinary with regard to the use of override, or it may be that she was doing a very common action and it went wrong only because of other serious mistakes she made.
From a strictly patient safety standpoint, the minute details of this do matter. That's why it's a second, or third or fourth freaking crime that such things seem like they aren't even being looked into. You know - that, and well, the whole cover-up thingy.