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PRN (or As Needed)

Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones famously claimed in their 1968 song…

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you might find
You get what you need

I suppose, in the realm of hospice, and if you wanted to spice up (or ruin!) the lyrics with a dose of Latin you could say…

You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you might find
You get what you Pro re nata!

Okay, fine, it doesn’t rhyme, but it does have a hospice (and medical) reason. The Latin Pro re nata literally means “as the circumstance arises.” Medically speaking, many things are done on a precise schedule. For example, a patient might take a dose of medication once a day, or with every meal or before sleep. And, indeed, most of us—patients or not—have routines such as when we arrive at work or the kids have to be at school. These events and situations are predictable. We can calendar them. Read More →

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