In the event that a prescriber directs an authorised health professional to verbally in an emergency to administer a medicine to a person in residential care facility, then the prescriber must document the details of the order on the chart as usual, within 24 hours of giving the direction.
Emergency Direction to Pharmacists
In the event that a prescriber directs a pharmacy to supply aS4 or S8 in an emergency for a patient in hospital or residential care, orally, by telephone or other electronic means the prescriber must:
- prepare a document for that supply
- endorse the document with confirmation that directions were given
- send the document within 24 hours to the pharmacist.
If the pharmacist who supplied the S8 medicine does not receive the document within 5 working days of the supply, they must notify the CEO.