Recognizing Different Order Categories as a Unit Secretary (Video)

There are many types of categories that you will need to get familiar with.  

Medication. If you see any orders that contain the term: by mouth, sub q, pill, needle, patch, then these are considered medication orders.

Diagnostic/Imaging. These orders will be for X-ray, CT Scan, Nuclear Med, Radiology, Ultrasound, and MRI.

Diet. There are many different types of diets, but the most common ones are: Regular, Full Liquid, Clear Liquid, Soft, Mechanical Soft, and Cardiac/Heart Healthy.

Rehab. When a doctor wants to make sure a patient is strong enough to be discharged, they may place an order for Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy.

Nursing. These are usually orders that are specifically for the nurse. These are usually something like HOB (Head of Bed) 30 degrees.

Consultation.  When a doctor puts an order in the computer (or on paper) for a consult with a specialist, it will fall under this category.
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