Quote from traumaRUs
1. Avoid call situations where you are answering phone calls and not seeing the pts, depending on someone else's assessment of the situation, especially if it is someone you don't know.
I agree this is an area of high liability but has anyone who works inpatient found a work around? It is especially concerning when I'm re-starting OP meds on a person based on the med rec done by who knows and with possibly only the patient's recall.
The things I do in an effort to avoid problems:
1. Write every single call down in a notebook including date, time, caller, purpose, outcome even if its something as seemingly benign as ACTM for headache.
2. Remember to clarify allergies and pregnancy.
3. Try to get on the computer offsite so I can actually review labs etc prior to ordering anything, yes even before that cough drop.
4. Ensure staff in ED is licensed if they are consulting me on a discharge.
Anything else? Tips would be most welcome as not prescribing for my colleagues patients who I haven't ever seen and admitting new patients overnight isn't an option.