Standing Orders For Patients: A Case Study

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This week’s discussion hits close to home, because I am extremely familiar with standing orders for patients presenting with abdominal pain. Although, I am in support of standing orders for patients that present to the ER with abdominal pain, I also believe that discretion should be used when ordering. I work with a knowledgeable group of physicians and mid-levels that use clinical judgment along with subjective information provided by the patient to tailor a diagnostic plan for individual patients. In my opinion standing orders are especially useful in diagnosing abdominal pain in the elderly population. In my experience elderly patients that present with abdominal pain have multiple co-morbidities including; CAD, HTN, and DM, that predispose

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