Illegible Handwriting Takes Time Away From Patient Care.
ER is a place like no other. Things happen fast. We respond with equal speed. We run, we jump, we juggle as we jump and run, and somehow we keep it all in the air and in motion.
Then, we grab the next chart. The triage nurse states the complaint of the person is " fry x 8kf w/na riquix' .................huh?
We read through the triage sheet and , with no further clues gleaned, the hunt is on to find the true reason why this person of unknown age or complaint or gender is here to be seen. We either turn to ask another staff member or stop to call the triage nurse. He/she is harried enough working in the Penalty Box all shift and this call only adds to the distress.
Then there are the MD's orders. written as though they were not meant for human eyes to see. If I must stop to decifer an order or even (OH NO!!!) get an order clarified, it interrupts my progress and stops short my momentum.
I suggest 1) WRITE LEGIBLY (duh)
2) ALWAYS PRINT
Care to voice any opinions? stories? cases of defense for harried triage staff?