Our hospital has been utilizing computer charting for the past 3 years in the OR, PACU, Nursing units and now in the ER. In the PACU and OR setting, we utilize MSM documentation while the remainder of the hospital utilizes Meditech. After the short adjustment period of getting use to doing things a new way, the computer charting is much easier, consumes less time and allows for more accurate, easier to read charting. In many cases, I have been told the OR spends less time charting then previously because with computer charting it's more of hitting look ups to find out what you want to enter. It is recommended, and we do have, a full time person dedicated to taking care of creating tables, updates and so forth for the program.
My recommendation and something that our hospital is working on, is to try and utilize the same program hospital wide. When we started the computer charting Meditech did not have the means to meet our needs in terms of the OR/PACU so they went with MSM. I understand now that Meditech has caught up to where we are and as such we may be switching in the next year or so. MSM is nice because you put in the type of surgery being done and it brings in all "the card information" for whatever equipment is needed for that surgery and surgeon wants. This is created by the user so a great tool of creating what you need for your specific hospital.
I was anti-computer when it was first suggested at this hospital. Now I don't know what I did before it came.
Hope that helps some.
Quote from Charlie409
Hello, several units in our hospital have gone to computer charting, and now they want the OR to trial some programs.
Do you use it? How do you get it done in the OR room while your circulating?
Can you access the charting from another area, like pre-op, or PACU?
What did it do to your turn over times?
Can you suggest some programs that are better than others?
Thanks in advance!