Nurses' opinions on appropriate administration of PRN range opioid analgesic orders for acute pain.

@article{Gordon2008NursesOO,
  title={Nurses' opinions on appropriate administration of PRN range opioid analgesic orders for acute pain.},
  author={Debra B. Gordon and Teresa A. Pellino and Gerry Ann Higgins and Chris Pasero and Kathleen Murphy-Ende},
  journal={Pain management nursing : official journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses},
  year={2008},
  volume={9 3},
  pages={
          131-40
        }
}
The use of "as needed" or "pro re nata" (PRN) range opioid analgesic orders is a common clinical practice in the management of acute pain, designed to provide flexibility in dosing to meet an individual's unique needs. Range orders enable necessary adjustments in doses based on individual response to treatment. However, PRN range opioid orders have recently come under scrutiny as a source of confusion and as a medication management safety issue. How nurses administer range orders may vary based… CONTINUE READING
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