Canterbury DHB

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Prescribing Instructions for Medicines

In This Section

General Advice

Inpatient Charting

All Outpatient and Discharge Prescriptions

After-Hours Discharge and Community Prescribing

General Advice

  1. Prescription writing and delivery:
  2. Information that must be made known to the patient:
  3. Funding issues:
  4. The patient or caregiver should be confident about the prescribed medicines aided by:
  5. Prescriptions should always be clear e.g.:

 

Reason:

 

10 mg

10mg

10mg may look like 100g

 

2 mg

2.0 mg

2.0 mg may look like 20 mg

 

0.5 mg

.5 mg

.5 mg may look like 5 mg

 

UNIT(S)

U or u

U may look like 0

 

MICROGRAMS

μg, mcg

μg may look like mg

 

ONCE DAILY

OD, D or QD

od may look like bd, d may look like 1d (1 dose), qd may look like qid (4 times a day)

 

NANOGRAM

ng

ng could be mistaken for mg

 

MILLIMOLE or MMOL

milliequivalent or mEq

milliequivalent could be confused with millimole

 

SUBLINGUAL

SL

SL could be mistaken for SC

 

SUBCUT

SC

SC could be mistaken for SL

 

QID

QDS

qds could be mistaken for daily

 

L

l

I could be mistaken for 1 (one)

 

The following Latin and other abbreviations are acceptable:

 

BD

= twice daily

IM

= intramuscular

 

Q"X"H

= every "x" hours

IV

= intravenous

 

PRN

= as required

SUBCUT

= subcutaneously

 

TDS

= three times a day

PO

= oral

 

QID

= four times a day

PR

= rectal

 

MANE

= in the morning

TOP

= topical

 

NOCTE

= at night

INH

= inhaled

Inpatient Charting

General advice for inpatient prescribing

Electronic prescribing (MedChart)

Enter and/or update adverse drug reactions (Allergies and Intolerances box) on MedChart.

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Paper drug chart prescribing

Enter and/or update adverse drug reactions (Drug Reactions box) on National Medication Charts.

All Outpatient and Discharge Prescriptions

Discharge prescribing is part of the writing of the discharge summary, in Health Connect South.

See Writing Discharge Summaries – Hints and Tips on Hospital HealthPathways.

  1. Prescription writing and delivery:
  2. Duration or quantity:
  3. Funding issues:
  4. Rest homes:
  5. Blister packs:
  6. Less commonly prescribed medicines and compounded liquids:
  7. Funding:
  8. Special circumstances:

After-Hours Discharge and Community Prescribing

In addition to the general advice above, contact the patient's community pharmacy:

Funding:

Supply of hospital medicines to take home after hours:

Special circumstances:

Information about this Canterbury DHB document (132290):

Document Owner:

Not assigned (see Who's Who)

Last Updated:

May 2022

Next Review Due:

May 2023

Keywords:

Note: Only the electronic version is controlled. Once printed, this is no longer a controlled document.

Topic Code: 132290