Fisher Week Three Response to McConnelly Yvonne, your post was extremely intriguing to me as a community health department is not an environment I have had the privilege of experiencing. Interestingly, the utilization of computerized order entry does not prevent the prescriber from ordering an incorrect medication dose or the wrong drug (Lapane, Waring, Dube’, & Schneider, 2011). Do the facility employ process to assure nurses are checking the medication in order to avoid the administration of an incorrect drug or dosage? Distractions have been linked to medication errors, consequently, and the ability to care for a solitary patient at one time clearly minimizes the distractions and interruptions that a nurse may experience during medication
The resources above expanded on knowledge concerning the definition, evolution, proposed outcomes, research and the technology of meaningful use of the electronic health record. Nursing administrators, staff nurses, and nursing informaticists all perform an essential role in achieving meaningful use of the electronic medical record to improve patient care. Certain authors referenced other authors proving that the health information technology field is indeed a tightknit community. The resources were well written from highly credentialed authors and were, for the most part, easy to comprehend. All of these articles were written for the nursing professional with the exception of resource
Electronic health record systems that utilize e-prescribing have reduced medication errors and adverse events and resulted in improved communication (HRSA, 2015): E-prescribing improves patient safety and quality of care through a variety of mechanisms including eliminating illegible prescriptions, reducing oral miscommunications, the implementation of warning and alert systems at the point of prescribing, and giving the provider access to the patient 's complete medication history. E-prescribing
The second article, in its 2015 EHR Satisfaction Survey, explains that physicians and clinicians are the most involved with EHR’s within the health care system and among staff who work in hospitals and ambulatory care. The survey shows that 396 individual EHR users recommend three different key components in the health care system through IT professionals. The three categories are: 1) sustaining the right interpretability measures with medical devices, 2) improving new the health care system with new features and visual designs, and 3) improving and supporting the quality of
Since medication administration is still very much a human run task, using technology correctly is an integral part of preventing medication mistakes and being a good team-mate. Being able to depend on each team-mate to do their part of the job is integral to the success of the patient. Teamwork and informatics are important for successful medication administration. Many medication mistakes are preventable using the informatics provided by the hospital or clinic. Also, valued team members should be available to clarify any medication questions for the safety of the client.
Electronic Health Records have serval different tools that help benefit both patients and doctors, these tools help make the office run simple, the also save time and they help the staff work smarter and more efficient. Here are the tools that I have chosen: 1. Medication Lists, are of great importance for the doctor as well as the patients. This tool in the EHR System helps physicians make changes to the patient’s medication with ease.
During clinical hours I get to observe the nurse administer medications to patients and I see that once you scan the patient you must enter in the correct site, and amount of medication that needs to be administered at what rate and must document what time and route the right medication was given. The software that the hospital uses to document on patients assists nurses with providing the best care possible for their patients and is the key to communication among all health care professionals involved in a certain patients care. Once I was in the med surg floor and the nurse I was following had to discharge a few of her patients, I found it very interesting that on the same software that healthcare providers use to document and keep patient records is the same software that can also provide the patients nurse with research and education for discharge services. Any certain type of disease process that the patient may have, the nurse can print out information that is provided by the software in order to educate the patient on certain diseases to become compliant with such complications and try to maintain the healthiest life style possible. This paper is very informative
One of the issues that rises with the replacement of hand written prescription to a modern electronic health care system is, how readily acceptable clinicians are to actually use and make most of electronic health records (Report of the Auditor General of Canada, 2010). This means health care providers must manually enter data such as specific medications, which can be a bit time consuming and ultimately, inefficient in several cases. However, if health care givers do not enter information electronically than the computer will have no access to this clinical data to practice clinical logic. Therefore, this issue can lead EHR to end up being unbeneficial to the health care system, and to Canadian patients most of all, as the electronic aspect
Camilli (2014), asserted that educational delivery is being carried out in innovative and convenient ways, including the use of simulation, virtual classrooms, distance education, podcasts, web conferencing, and online assessments. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be easily recognized as standard components of the nursing process and daily nursing practice, appearing as electronic assessments. Furthermore, nursing students are gaining increasing exposure to technologies during undergraduate studies which includes increasing volumes of electronic health records (EHR), digital diagnostic tools, health monitoring, and reporting equipment, barcode scanning, as well as mobile and hand-held documentation devices. This skills can be applied to clinical setting such as using EHR to follow up patient laboratory results and relay critical lab values to the physician. Also, barcode scanning can be used to prevent medical errors by giving the correct medications to the patient and also prompts the EHR for any related allergies to the medication that is prescribed during treatment or hospitalization.
The rank order of medication error reduction strategies, starting from the least effective, are the following: to be more careful and more educated, use auxiliary labels, obey rules, include time out, checklists and double check systems, comply with standardization and protocols, utilize new technology, and incorporate forcing functions and constraints. Although becoming educated and making an effort to be more careful are essential in the attempt to reduce medication error rates, they are the least successful. Whether or not visual warnings and checklists are exercised, most medication- related patient harm occurs due to administration errors. Therefore, the use of innovative equipment optimizes drug safety. For example, a smart pump assists
Most healthcare organizations are trying to develop integrated computer-based information-management surroundings. The EHR as an integrated system is expected to be accessible, confidential, secure and acceptable to patients and clinicians. It should be integrated with other type of useful information to help in planning and problem solving. The EHR is also expected to monitor patient safety. EHR system can bring about positive effects when the technologies are designed, implemented and used appropriately.
Additionally, advancing technology has been the normal course of things for decades. Young and old alike, currently have a smart phone and have adapted to the use of computers and the internet and nurses are no exception. Healthcare has had many technological advances from automated instruments that check vital signs to robots performing surgery (Barnard. & Locsin, 2007). The electronic health record is simply one more advancement in the sea of new technologies. Trialability &
One of the main advantages of EHRs is that information can be managed and adjusted in a digital format right away, shared with other providers across different healthcare organizations, such as laboratories, pharmacies, emergency facilities, work and educational clinics. The main purpose healthcare organizations are keeping health records is to facilitate patients’ treatment. These records summarize the patients’ medical history and can be used as an “external memory” to which healthcare professionals can go back to verify track and adjust treatment plans. The EHRs can be seen as a “communication and collaboration” tool as well, between physicians, nurses, other specialists and departments (e.g. to capture relevant correspondence, prescriptions,
There is no use denying the fact that the human factor is one of the main reasons of the appearance of medication errors in the healthcare sector. That is why, it is possible to assume that some efforts aimed at the decrease of the level of negligence and inaccuracy among the stuff could be rather beneficial (Hospital Errors are the Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S., and New Hospital Safety Scores Show Improvements Are Too Slow, 2013). First of all, more attention should be given to prescriptions which are ordered to a patient as it is one of the main sources of medication errors. Moreover, it is possible to recommend to increase the skills in computer as the failure of CPOE could also be taken as the evidence of poor attainments. The system could have helped in case the stuff would be able to use it