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My 94-year-old father has end stage arthritis (bone on bone) in both shoulders. His primary care physican has prescribed a pain medication for specific times during the day and night 10 and 4 every six hours. The facility he is in cannot get their computer to accept these times so they have changed the time to 12 and 6. This isn't working well as Dad is a worrier and stays awake at night waiting for the medication which has been late on occasion. I have tried to get them to go back to the time prescribed but they keep blaming the computer. The computer doesn't control access to the medication as I have seen them take it out of a locked container. I think it is just a bookkeeping type of reminder. I am frustrated and don't know what to do to resolve this issue.

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Electronic medication charting can be overridden manually. Speak to the nursing supervisor. Another suggestion: Some charting systems have a program that begins the dosage close to the order time. Can you ask the doctor to place the order in at 3 pm? The default time may then fall either at 3 or 4 pm and problem solved.
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Go above the heads of the floor nurses and schedule a meeting with the Nursing Supervisor. The Nursing supervisor doesn't normally roam the halls, he/she will have his/her own office where you can sit down and discuss this issue without the distraction of standing in a busy, noisy hallway.
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