News and Views for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals

Well it seems to be official. Standing orders are now acceptable if:

1. The hospital policy specifically defines when they can be used, more or less diagnosis specific.
2. The medical staff must approve the “order set.”
3. The order set may have no choices within the set for staff to interpret.
4. There can be no therapeutic duplication such as two orders for the same indication unless both medications are to be used.

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