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External Orders for Inpatients
Inpatient and outpatient order catalogues are not the same. Some order items are available in one context but not the other. This works most of the time.
However, there may be situations when the purpose of ordering is to organize actions outside the current encounter facility. Examples include ordering a procedure performed at another facility or setting up a clinic visit that occurs during or after the current admission.
If external actions need to be requested before the patient leaves the current admission, these can be lined up by placing "External Orders" within the Orders activity:
Be sure to sign any external orders. Pending is also possible if there are details to be worked out prior to discharge.
It remains possible, and common, to order external actions at the time of discharge using the Discharge navigator "Discharge Orders" tab. Remember that a discharge order will be automatically generated and may need to be managed.