PERSONAL BAGGAGE
A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

What does 'MAR' mean?

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MAR

MAR is the abbreviation used by health-care professionals for the written or computer-generated record of a patient’s medications and a schedule for their administration for a defined period of time, and it is kept on the drug cart. A drug order written by a physician on a patient’s chart may be copied onto the Medication Administration Record by the unit secretary, but must be double checked and signed off by a registered nurse. The patient’s drug allergies appear in red on the MAR.

In 1991, when Penny worked in the Dixiana and Jacksonville hospitals, it was one of a nurse’s first duties to check the MAR against the IV fluid and rate and other treatments listed on the KARDEX to be sure none had been missed.

On page 98 of PERSONAL BAGGAGE, Penny checks the name and amount of Vitamin K that she had copied onto the MAR when she signed off the doctor's order in the patient’s chart, before she draws the prescribed amount into a syringe.

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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"...Penny delivered carbon copies of the new orders to the pharmacy department and transcribed the changes the doctors ordered onto the Medication Administration Record on which meds were checked off as they were given. She then copied the meds and the treatments onto the Kardex, from which Report would be presented to the next shift. ..."

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Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen
"...Steering clear of the computer where Dr. Scales was working, Penny entered the medicine room and checked her patients’ Medication Administration Records as Dr. Benny Benson approached, holding out a chart for her to see. Penny, pivoting suddenly and misjudging the distance, knocked the chart with her arm. ..."
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"... order finger sticks before meals until we see where she is. Thanks.” Penny reviewed the list of medicines on her patient’s Medication Administration Record. “You started her on IV Solu Cortef this morning.” “Yes, any steroid will cause those side effects: Prednisone, Solu Medrol, ..."

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