Originally posted by suetje
When you use Carevue, and need to give many units of PRBC's, it is easy? Is it labor-intensive?
I use CareVue.
My biggest complaint about charting blood products when giving a lot of them at a time is that we double chart vital signs and I think it's a waste of time.
For example, after checking id, unit #, etc., with another RN, we write VS on the sheet of paper that comes from the lab with the unit and then we recheck VS 15 minutes after the infusion begins (unless, of course, we're using a rapid infuser or pushing it in by squeezing the bulb or using a pressure bag).
Writing the VS on the paper is what I think is a waste of time because CareVue interfaces with our HP monitors and our urometers. We could more easily and quickly chart the vitals on the computer with a few pushes of the enter key. If there's a swan or a temp probe on the foley, the temp transfers to the flowsheet on the computer as well. Most people do both. I don't know why we can't just make a note on the paper from the lab stating "see CareVue flowsheet for VS?"
The good thing about CareVue in this situation is that if you're really busy giving units really fast and you miss the 15 minute or even the initial VS, you can go back and pull up the vitals on the computer to enter them on the sheet of paper when you have a bit more time.
Other than that, the pulldown entry options on CareVue are extremely user friendly and the "remark" option gives the RN an opportunity to enter notes not available in the pull downs. It's also very very good for looking at trends or finding information from previous shifts very quickly. AND (and this is important to me), you don't have to deal with terrible handwriting!!!!!!