Nurses can prescribe certain tests and medicines

1098070It’s Monday comes into force a regulation that allows nurses to prescribe certain laboratory tests and some medicines to better manage the treatment of wounds.

Public Health Nurses exercising can also prescribe certain drugs under this law approved last October by the Quebec government and which takes effect January 11.

Specifically, nurses can prescribe laboratory tests and products, dressings or topical drugs used in wound care.

They may also prescribe medications related to public health programs in the field of hormonal contraception and sexually transmitted infections and blood in non-symptomatic individuals.

When they announced this measure in October, representatives of the Order of Nurses of Quebec College of Physicians, the Ministries of Health and Social Services as well as Justice had stated that it was to increase access to care and clinical follow-up and reduce the risk of complications due to interruption of care.

The president of the College of Nurses, Lucie Tremblay, sees “a major gain for the population” and, for nurses, “greater professional autonomy.”

Up to 10,000 nurses are covered by that measure, according to the Order, which had 73,622 members on 31 March.

Before nurses, pharmacists had obtained last year, the right to prescribe drugs for some minor health problems: mouth sores, eczema, menstrual pain, minor acne, hemorrhoids, the diaper rash, allergic conjunctivitis, cold sores, urinary tract infection in women, allergic rhinitis, yeast vaginitis and thrush consecutive to the use of a corticosteroid inhaler.

To benefit from the assistance of pharmacists in these cases it must however have been in the past, sought treatment for any of these conditions and to have received at that time, an order for such a drug.

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