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Nurses 'should nag' for electronic patient records

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Hospital nurses should “nag” their employers to adopt modern IT systems more quickly, according to a sister at a trust which has been using such technology for the last six months.

Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust installed a major electronic patient record system in November. Most have not got similar systems because of huge delays in the government’s suppliers being able to install them.

A small number of trusts, including Newcastle, have decided to buy their own instead of waiting.

Accident and emergency practice development sister Juliet Amos told Nursing Times there were significant benefits to the system for nurses.

It allows them to access patient records much more quickly and easily, which in turn improves staff planning by senior nurses. The system, called Cerner Millennium, also allows nurses to see how busy other areas of the hospital are so they can better plan patient flow.

Ms Amos said: “I would say to nurses at other trusts to nag for it.”

She said the change to the system – which often caused huge problems for hospitals – had been relatively smooth, because nurses and other staff were involved from the early stages of planning.

She said: “We knew the system and how to use it before it went live. I would recommend any department that’s looking at this type of system to be involved in the planning.”

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  • rovergirl6@hotmail.com

    I feel that it would be fantastic if each bed had a computer at the head. So that each resident of that bed had her/his records available to all staff .who are authorised with relevant code. Information such as.

    ie Medication Diagnosis. likes dislikes. any special needs. resuscitation status. allergies. Name of next of kin.
    Short history of patients medical needs. And so on.

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  • If nurses gt anything by nagging, then there are more important things to nag about like nurse to patient ratio, equipment, more bedside nurses less managers and pseudonurses etc.......... and I am not nagging

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