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does standing orders or protocols require a physician signature

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i was wondering if and when the physician needed to sign standing orders or protocols?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  NurseElisa replied 10 years ago.
Yes, the doctor must sign standing orders before they are allowed to be used on a patient.
Standing orders are a specific set of orders that can be approved by the doctor, rather than writing each individual order.

Protocols are different. These are policies that are put in place by the hospital and the doctor and nurse has to abide by them unless medically contraindicated (can do damage to patient). The doctor can write orders based on hospital protocols.

Hope this helps!