Thursday, March 08, 2012
change to the change that was changed
Here's the thing with electronic charting...it is constantly changing and being updated. All to be more efficient right? Of course not. Every time some area of it changes, they add more things to do!
For example charting an IV start has become nightmarish. Here is what is required: size, site, time, date, prepped according to hospital policy (yes/no), number of attempts, things used to help you (ultrasound,etc), inserted prior to arrival?
Same for a blood transfusion. First of all, figuring out how to even find it is a challenge. First you release the unit in the computer. Fill out a paper !! and send to blood bank. Go in computer and fill out following: kind of blood product, unit number, expiration date, patient blood type, patient med rec number, special blood patient number, patient teaching, permission from patient to get blood, vital signs, administration rate, verify all of above with another nurse.
Don't even get me started on conscious sedation and what that requires...so if you wonder why your nurse doesn't spend much time with you - they are at the computer filling in the hundreds of blanks they have to fill in on a daily basis.
Posted by girlvet at 12:08 AM