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28 Pa. Code § 107.62. Oral orders.

§ 107.62. Oral orders.

 (a)  Oral orders for medication or treatment shall be accepted only under urgent circumstances when it is impractical for the orders to be given in written manner by the responsible practitioner. Oral orders shall be taken only by personnel qualified according to medical staff bylaws who shall transcribe the orders in the proper place in the medical record of the patient. The order shall include the date, time, and full signature of the person taking the order and shall be countersigned by a practitioner within 24 hours. If the practitioner is not the attending physician, he must be authorized by the attending physician and must be knowledgeable about the patient’s condition.

 (b)  The medical staff bylaws shall specify personnel who are qualified to accept oral orders and shall specify that acceptance of orders is limited to personnel listed in this subsection, with restrictions as noted:

   (1)  A practitioner.

   (2)  A professional nurse.

   (3)  A licensed practical nurse.

   (4)  A pharmacist who may transcribe oral orders pertaining to drugs.

   (5)  A physical therapist who may transcribe oral orders pertaining to physical therapy regimens.

   (6)  A respiratory therapist who may transcribe oral orders pertaining to respiratory therapy treatments.

   (7)  A paramedic practicing under §  117.30 (relating to emergency paramedic services).


   The provisions of this §  107.62 issued under section 2102(g) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  532(g)); and section 803 of the Health Care Facilities Act (35 P. S. §  448.803).


   March 27, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 250. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (77251) to (77252).

Cross References

   This section cited in 28 Pa. Code §  107.12a (relating to specified professional personnel—statement of policy); 28 Pa. Code §  107.61 (relating to written orders); 28 Pa. Code §  109.23 (relating to written nursing care policies and procedures); 28 Pa. Code §  109.61 (relating to medication or treatment); 28 Pa. Code §  113.23 (relating to records); 28 Pa. Code §  115.33 (relating to entries); and 28 Pa. Code §  117.41 (relating to emergency patient care).

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