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    Does it seem like the system could be streamlined a little when the MD can see and discharge the patient before the triage is complete? Feel sorry for the floor nurses who have to do the admit packet.

    Cherie Royster, RN

    That’s nuts ! Sounds like triage nurse, MD and ER staff are inTOO big a hurry, thus creating more work for floor nurses and ultimately the patients pay the price.


    My bad … I meant the system (new charting program) has slowed us down and some patients can be discharged home before the nurse can complete the triage charting, for something minor like a middle ear infection or something like that.

    On a separate issue, I feel bad for the floor nurses who are using the same new system, but the admission documentation is MUCH worse and time consuming than the ER triage note. Overall, I miss paper. Patients that get admitted are totally worked up in the ER before admission and we hold patients in the ER longer than I think we should.

    Does anyone else remember paper?

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