Hospital EMR and med admin times
- Nurses are required to record (chart) administration of medications contemporaneously. However, contemporaneous charting requires time when there is little time available. Computerized physician order entry systems compound this challenge considerably. To chart drug administrations, nurses must stop administering medications, find a terminal, log on, locate that patient’s record, and individually enter each medication’s administration time. If medications are not administered (eg, patient was out of the room), nurses must scroll through several additional screens to record the reason(s) for nonadministration.
Of course, an advantage to paper records or post hoc entry into the computerized system is the ability to "adjust" the time things are done (or at least the time something is recorded as having been done.)