In a hospital, what is the difference between a STAT and a NOW medication demand?
In hospitals where I've worked, a stat order implies an emergency and take priority over anything else, e.g. a lab you might order. A now order is usually associated next to taking a medication, e.g. 1 dose of amlodipine 5mg now.
In the context of medication, stat implied a certain degree of urgency, whereas immediately didn't carry the same implication. It may differ surrounded by the hospital where you work.
STAT means immediately (like while the doctor is right there). Now funds as soon as you can get it from the Pharmacy (after he leaves the floor is OK). Source(s): NJ RN