I work in an environment with mentally ill patients that often refuse to have their vital signs taken for their scheduled blood pressure medication.
These are not elderly petients, however they are adults.
I am curious what the legal policy is behind this idea - I am in California.
As an LVN would you be allowed to give blood pressure medication to a patient when the physican has a specific order stating "Give blood pressure medication even if patient refuses vital signs, notify MD so the patient can be assessed."
The MD is essentially stating to give the blood pressure medication regardless if the patient refuses vital signs or not - This specific patient has refused vitals for 2 weeks in a row now and is still recieving Atenolol.
Is there a legal policy regarding this? As an LVN should I still continue to give the medication? Would any liability fall on to the LVN in this situation, or would the MD take all responsibility by making a order stating to give regardless of v/s? What would you do in this situation?
Thanks for your input!