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Fun with electronic charting


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We all love electronic charting. It is so convenient, simple, easy to enter and surely cuts down on the amount of time necessary to document our patient care.

Right. If you didn’t notice the sarcasm dripping, you need a head exam. But it does lend itself to rather interesting typos. It’s hard to have typos when you’re writing on a paper chart, although technically it’s possible. Here are some recent gems from electronic charts I’ve read:

Patient’s father had dimension.
I hope so. A 2-D person would be a bit strange. Could it be “dementia”?

Patient turding Q2 hours.
That’s a lot of poop, although not unheard of. May I suggest “turning Q2 hours”?

Patient has TED hoes on.
Why they have Ted’s hoes on is beyond me. My imagination is fertile, though….

Anyone else have good ones? I need laughs!

Scrubs also recommends from Lost on the Floor:

For the ears and the squishy organ between them
The couch that nearly killed me
30 or so facts about me

Lost on the Floor
The nurse blog Lost on the floor: Tales of a (not so new) nurse has become one of the most widely read (and enjoyed) nurse blogs on the Web. It is authored by “Wanderer,” a Charge Nurse on a busy Telemetry unit somewhere in metro Portland. He reads, writes, cooks and is a passionate bicycle commuter.

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