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

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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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6 Responses to Fun with electronic charting

  1. shan

    It never fails that one of the nurses I follow regularly charts like she speaks. At least once a week she writes “short of breast” instead of “short of breath”

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  3. Jeanette

    I worked with a nurse who kept reporting to everyone that a patient’s placenta had been dc’d (Pentasa)

  4. Piratelady1192

    I think the funniest one i ever saw was wound vac intact patent yellow urine lmao

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  6. Nutboy

    We had a patient who’s surname was “Hiscock”. Anyway some wrote on the board “Hiscock needs physio”. Unfortunately one of the grad nurses misread it and asked the physio if she really had to preform physiotherapy on the patients penis. I almost wet myself when I found out.