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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 an order unique to the outpatient catalogue must be initiated during an inpatient encounter.
This is made possible with "External Orders", which can be used if the needed order is not part of a discharge plan (see Tippy 22). Use the global search tool from within a patient's chart opened to an inpatient encounter. Seek "External Orders":
This will open an “external orders” activity and make available an Order search tool that gives access to ambulatory orders. This might be used, for example, to set up an outpatient referral while the patient is still in hospital.