Computers in nursing

  1. Should all our patient information be stored on computers??
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Sandra Bennett
    I LOVE HAVING COMPUTER INFO. I CAN CALL UP OLD CHARTS THAT HAVE BEEN DOWNLOADED INTO COMPUTER AND SHOW TO M.D. OR GET A NY PAGE HE WANTS AND PRINT IT. IT MAKES IT MUCH FASTER THAN HAVING TO HAVE MED RECORDS HUNT UP OLD CHARTS.
  4. by   Mujesira
    What if computers go down?? What then??
  5. by   brdaniel
    I think it probably doesn't take much longer to get the computers running again than it does to hunt for files in the medical records dept. It's probably worth it in terms of convenience and speed, unless you have a hopeless computer system or computer tech.
  6. by   carol Riley
    I think that patient records stored on computer files have many advantages, firstly space - computer files take up alot less space; time - it is usually quicker to look up a computer than patient records, especially in a large practice/hospital.
    However, there needs to be some sort of back up system in place so that these records, which no doubt have taken alot of time and effort to create, will not be permanently lost.
  7. by   trondlar
    I will say that it must be an advantage to be able to utilize the computerised version of the nursing world to ease the workload of writing/documenting the same thing several times. And as it has been said (up here somewhere) it is usually also quicker to access the computerized versions.
    If the safety system present is up to date (or at least not from last sentury) the files and documents are safer than lying around the ward as paperformat. It is easier to make restrictions of who has access to a electronic stored file than one that is only to be picked up by hand.
    Agree?

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