Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 500–700 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.
Describe your personal experiences as a nurse with an electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic medication administration. Answer the following:
Do you feel that EMRs have increased patient safety or improved outcomes? If so, how?
Describe 1 initiative in your practice (past or current) that is tracked through the EMR.
How has the EMR impacted data collection for this initiative?
Would this initiative be successful if data were collected via the written chart? Why or why not?
Cite at least 2 peer-reviewed references published within the past 5 years.
Some areas to think about as you answer the above questions are patient safety goals and down time.
One interesting area that has been tracked by EMR data collections processes have been based on a few of the Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals at https://www.jointcommission.org/-/media/tjc/documents/standards/national-patient-safety-goals/2022/simple_2022-hap-npsg-goals-101921.pdf
Here are the Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals for 2022:
Identify patients correctly: NPSG.01.01.01
Improve Staff communication: NPSG.02.03.01
Use medicines safely: NPSG.03.04.01; NPSG.03.05.01; NPSG.03.06.01
Use Alarms Safely: NPSG.06.01.01
Prevent Infection: NPSG.07.01.01
Identify Patient Safety Risks: NPSG.15.01.01
Prevent mistakes in Surgery: UP.01.01.01; UP.01.02.01; UP.01.03.01 (The Joint Commission, 2022)
Do any of you track Joint Commission Goals as an initiative at your hospital or place of work?
Another interesting read is about downtime of EMR and implications for patient safety. This article is at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7647128/
Does your healthcare Institution have EMR down time? Is so, do you see any impact from it?
These are just interesting questions to think about as you answer the Discussion Board questions above. Dr. LeClaire
The Joint Commission. Patient Safety Goals 2022. Retrieved at: https://www.jointcommission.org/-/media/tjc/documents/standards/national-patient-safety-goals/2022/simple_2022-hap-npsg-goals-101921.pdf
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