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PRESCRIBING POLICIES:

4.9 MEDICATION FOR GRIEVING RELATIVES

POLICY

  1. Distraught relatives may be administered a single dose of a sedating medication as considered to be appropriate by the attending physician.
  2. Only non-narcotic medications may be prescribed in this circumstance.
  3. The physician is responsible for all aspects of the prescription as he/she would be for in-patient prescriptions.

PROCEDURES

Physician:

  1. Writes an order for a single dose of an appropriate medication in the physician's orders of the chart belonging to the patient of the distraught relative. The order will include the name of the relative, the drug name, strength, dose, route, and indication for use.

Nurse:

  1. Administers medication from ward supply or from pharmacy (as a personal prescription).