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Would You Operate On This Patient? - October 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 Easier charting Without EMRs, a staff member has to pull and prepare charts for the next day's cases. The chart moves through the facility with the patient, but nurses in pre-op and the anesthesia provider in the OR might fight over who needs it more. At the end of the day, you're left with a stack of folders stuffed with loose sheets and forms, which must be organized and submitted to billing. You then have to hunt down the charts before placing follow-up phone calls to patients. With EMRs, all clinical information is scanned into the system and available with a few mouse clicks. Multiple staff members can access records simultaneously without running around to track down the chart they need. For example, a staff member in the billing office can be coding operative notes while a nurse making post-op phone calls reviews the clinical data. Plus, file cabinets aren't taking up valuable space in your facility. 2 Coordinated care The patient's chart is automatically created and updated in the system, and multiple caregivers can view patient data simulta- neously and from different locations. All of the users collect and input data in real time, so patient safety is significantly enhanced. For example, an anesthesia provider in the OR can access the next patient's chart to assess allergies and the health history before reach- ing the patient's bedside in pre-op. The nurse in recovery, who's trying to manage a patient's uncontrolled pain or PONV and has exhausted the treatment options ordered by the anesthesia provider, can contact the provider electronically and request feedback based on the notes she's inputted into the EMR. The anesthesia provider can review the situation, place the next medication order and determine if he's truly needed bedside. He can also track the patient's condition after he's 9 6 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5

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