Here's all the guidance you need to write clear, concise, safe, and effective medical orders! Whether you've had training in order writing or not, and whether you use an electronic order system or not, this handy guide offers you strategies, templates, decision-making guidelines, and a systematic, evidence-based approach to reinforce what you know...simplify and improve communication with your colleagues...and thus reduce confusion, unnecessary steps, and costly mistakes.Includes sample admitting orders for almost 100 illnesses and conditions. Offers valuable guidelines for revising original orders. Provides special procedures for handling verbal orders given in fast-paced, intense situations. Thoroughly reviewed by a large number of experienced clinicians for optimal "real-world" practicality. Is now fully evidence based, giving you the benefit of the latest knowledge on reducing error and costs. Incorporates new information about computerized patient order entry (CPOE) and how order writing fits into clinical information systems. Features a major new emphasis on discharge planning and outpatient followup, in light of the trend toward reduced length of stay and the increasing importance of effective handoff and followup.