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Should all nursing documentation be standardised across the NHS?

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Should all nursing documentation be standardised across the NHS?

The Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Physicians have worked together to develop the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) system for recording vital signs in adults. They claim it could save up to 6,000 lives a year. They want to see it introduced in acute and community hospitals, nursing homes and ambulance services to increase consistency, reduce mistakes and ultimately improve outcomes for patients.

A recent study published in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety found there were nearly 12,000 avoidable deaths of adults in English acute hospitals annually. It found almost a third of these could be attributed to poor clinical monitoring, 29.7% from diagnostic errors and 21.1 % from inadequate drug or fluid management.

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  • Anonymous

    ABSOLUTELY!!! Standardised, and minimised!!! I have been to a number of trusts throughout my training and career, as well as a few private homes, and the variety of paperwork is overwhelming, exhausting, confusing, and not only does it take an inordinate amount of time just trying to figure out which piece of paper goes with which, but can often lead to omissions or mistakes for people who are not familiar with that articular form.

    This NEWS system is a great example of how paperwork can be standardised, but it should be rolled out across the board.

    There is no excuse now for every different place to have wildly differing sets of paperwork.

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  • Anonymous

    Bit of an easy one this....yes!

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  • Anonymous

    all the arguments seem to point to an affirmative answer. there seems to be no apparent reasons why this is not already so.

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  • YES!

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  • Anonymous

    Yes, this sounds like a no brainier.

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  • michael stone

    Anonymous | 10-Sep-2012 7:45 am

    I think that put it pretty well - standardised paperwork should be used as much as possible.

    The problem is this bit:

    'and minimised!!!'

    Every time something goes horribly wrong, more specialists become involved, or someone (often an institution's management) wants to cover its own back, the paperwork gets lengthier. I'm not quite sure what the answer is to eliminating the unnecessary paperwork, but standardisation seems to offer almost exclusively benefits, to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Yes, please! We have been shackled too long with the fear of writing having to document ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING . I would welcome any improvement to reduce the amount of paperwork.

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  • Juggling Dog

    Anonymous | 11-Sep-2012 1:46 pm

    Yes, please! We have been shackled too long with the fear of writing having to document ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING . I would welcome any improvement to reduce the amount of paperwork.

    But how does the amount of paperwork get reduced - I think Mike described why it expands, but how do you reduce it ?

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  • Anonymous

    And it's a YES from me!!

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  • eileen shepherd

    The next question is how

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