Computerized Nursing Documentation Improves Patient Safety, Clinical Performance and Efficiency

Published: 27th October 2009
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Nurses today are under more pressure than ever before from numerous regulatory, administrative, and labor and delivery requirements.

An additional pressure on nurses today is the current nursing staff shortage, which is only expected to grow as Baby Boomers age and the demand for health care increases.

Yet despite these challenges, nurses in hospitals and health care facilities across the country are determined to deliver the highest quality patient care and highest level of patient safety.

Computerized nursing documentation systems are effective tools for helping nurses achieve these goals while adhering to documentation requirements. With computerized nursing documentation:

• Multiple nurses and health care staff from different disciplines can access information simultaneously.

• Nurses can review patient status and document findings directly at the point of care.

• Patient information can be accessed remotely.

• Patient information is electronically stored and not likely to be lost.

• Communication between nurses and other health care staff is improved.

• Automated reminders and protocols can be programmed to help nurses adhere to guidelines.

These capabilities combine to provide:

1. Increased patient safety: Computerized documentation helps reduce medical errors, identify at-risk patients, and facilitate timely and shared information.

2. Enhanced clinical performance: Organizations can cost-effectively implement clinical quality improvements and improve quality of care through continuous feedback.

3. Improved care team efficiency: Nurses can better manage their workload to facilitate care planning and focus on making the right care decisions, allowing them more time to interact with patients and families.

Discover more about implementing a computerized nursing documentation solution in your organization.

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