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Guidelines updated.

The Ministry of Health has updated its standing order guidelines. These permit or empower people to administer and/or supply medicines. This fallows a review of the guidelines late last year when the regulatory requirements for countersigning the administration or supply of medicines under a standing order were amended.

The Ministry sought feedback from key health professional and regulatory groups, with all feedback considered. According to chief nurse Jane O'Malley, the guidelines document is now more user-friendly, and includes a standing order checklist for users and a template guide.

The Ministry is aware there is wide variability in the use of standing orders across the country. Only dentists and doctors can issue standing orders, with an amendment required to the standing order regulations to allow other authorised prescribers to issue standing orders. Issuers must review standing orders at least once a year.

The standing order guideline is published on the Ministry of Health website:

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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jul 1, 2012
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