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Staff Challenge: National Patient Safety Goals

Accreditation Insider, December 2, 2014

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True or false: When a patient has been seen in the outpatient clinic for a minor eye infection and is sent home with antibiotic eye drops that are to be administered over 14 days, the patient should receive a full list of medications, dosages, routes, and frequency before leaving the clinic.

Answer: False. When a patient is being treated in a non-24-hour setting and receives only a short-term medication such as the antibiotic ordered in the question, the patient only needs to receive information about the antibiotic.



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