Pharmacists see hand written orders like the one below almost daily. The order has to be interpreted by a pharmacist, usually with a little hand waving and guessing (kind of like being a pharmacy Jedi), and entered on the patientâ€™s medication profile before the nurse can access the medication from the automated dispensing cabinet and get it to the patient. Even though Iâ€™m used to looking at orders like this, there is simply no excuse for what you see below.
There are two medications contained in the hand written orders below. I double-dog dare you to find them. Itâ€™s kind of like a â€œWhereâ€™s Waldoâ€ puzzle. Leave your guesses in the comment section of this post. Good luck.
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Aww come on Jerry! The MD wants Culture and Sensitivity,
Then start Levaquin 500mg IV daily and some
Morphine Sulfate 1-2mg IV q4h prn breakthru pain
Do I win?
He shoots! He scores! Nice work, Chad. I’ll have to see what I can dig out of the prize chest for you.
One of our freshly minted pharmacists brought me the morphine order to look at. He was a little surprised when I asked him if he saw the Levaquin order. I used to have a file full of orders like this, but can’t seem to find it. I had some beauties. Nothing for a wiley old vet like you though. ;-)
It is still absolutely horrible penmanship. Send this to Dennis Quaid and he would have a hay day.
I would Chad, if I knew how to get in contact with him.
Holy cow! How’d anyone ever figure that out? You both deserve medals, or at least a cold beverage.
Years of practice. That handwriting is pretty bad, but not the worst I’ve seen. Hey, it’s no worse then the Cocoa code I’ve seen you write.