prn order

prn order

Clinical pharmacology Any physician-promulgated mandate or regimen–'doctor's orders' that allows use of a therapy or modality as needed–Latin pro re nata–by the Pt; in certain situations–eg, malignancy or other terminal illnesses, PRN orders, in particular those for controlling pain–schedule II through V controlled substances, are more liberal. See Patient-controlled analgesia.

Patient discussion about prn order

Q. What do i require to do in order to keep me thin and healthy as i am now? i am 25 years old , i am doing relatively sufficient amount of sport - basketball for 3 hours once a week , how would i manage to keep my fitness ?

A. i think you are doing a great job...although i think that doing a one hour of exercise 3 times a week is much better then 3 hours exercise once a week.

More discussions about prn order
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Morehouse's order for procardia was a PRN order and the medication ordered should have been given when the patient's blood pressure was found to be 173/100.
This defeats the purpose of a PRN order, he says, and "is very poor practice.
The medication sheets revealed prn orders for only Tylenol and Milk of Magnesia.
Yet some resident physicians are rude to the very nurses who can wake them at three in the morning with questions on PRN orders.