A nurse caring for an 8-year-old with HIV is having trouble reading the dosage on a handwritten medication order. What should the nurse do?

Call the physician to clarify the order.

Explanation

•To prevent medication errors when a written order is illegible, the physician should be contacted in order to clarify the correct dose.

Incorrect options:

•A drug index will give common doses or a range of doses, but not the specific dose a physician wants.

•Asking the patient or another nurse could lead to potential errors, and the RN should remember that her own license is on the line if a mistake is made.

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