What do I do if a patient comes in for labs and the orders for those labs were ordered during a previous clinic day?
1) Open Patient’s Chart
2) Click on Order Entry on the task bar on the left side of the screen a. Press cancel if the following box appears on the screen Please send patient to visiting nurse service and contact the teaching senior.
3) Click on This Patient has Open Orders
4) Highlight the Corresponding Lab
5) Press Release, and the orders should subsequently print.
What if the patient comes in for labs that were NOT ordered on the previous clinic day?
Have the CMs create a Labs Only visit for the patient, if it does not yet exist. You can then pend orders in this visit and have the attendings sign them, upon which labels will print. If the attendings are not available, draw the labs (verify correct tube color first) and affix a temporary label (with a blank label – hit top button on labs label printer to produce blank label). Then, affix a true label later when an attending can sign the orders.