I've just spent a wonderful weekend in the Lake District in the UK, thinking about prescriptions and drug administration records.
We were considering the challenge of designing documentation that's fit for an EMT and for an Emergency Response context. So we wanted it to be:
- simple to use, read and navigate
- rapid to complete with all the essential information
- error "resistant", to help avoid errors in communication
- brief and cohesive: avoiding multiple types of documents.
I started with a template and guidance note created by the Royal Medical Colleges, Royal College of Nursing and Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Working with senior clinicians from secondary care, primary care and academia, we discussed how to adapt the chart to better meet our needs and our patient population.
Next job is to get some protoypes developed and to gather some feedback from experts and test runs. I'll keep you posted and let you know how it goes!
In the meantime would love to hear from others about their experiences of developing / implementing / using drug charts and prescriptions in busy healthcare settings.