PRN medications are given on an “as needed” basis for specific signs & symptoms. Signs or symptoms of illness or discomfort can include:
- Increased anxiety or agitation
- Redness in a cut or a scrape
PRN medications may be prescription medications or over-the-counter medications (Non-prescription).
In order to give a PRN medication, you must have a medication order and a PRN protocol.
A PRN protocol is needed for PRN medications orders because, unlike medication that is ordered on a regular basis, you need to know when a PRN medication should be given and whether the resident can communicate their need.