Ensure patient safety and reduce risk with anesthesia documentation

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To improve patient safety, hospitals must proactively identify potential medical errors and eliminate mistakes before they happen.

This is especially true in the operating room, where proper anesthesia documentation helps reduce medication errors and decrease hospital liability.

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Ensure patient safety and reduce risk with anesthesia documentation

  1. 1. Ensure Patient Safety and Reduce Risk With Anesthesia Documentation:To improve patient safety, hospitals must proactively identify potential medical errors andeliminate mistakes before they happen.This is especially true in the operating room, where proper anesthesia documentation helpsreduce medication errors and decrease hospital liability.Fast, accurate documentation throughout the patient’s case results in a complete and legallysound electronic medical record. Clinicians can share details of the patient’s historyand current condition as the case progresses – improving patient care. Documentation ofmedication reconciliation provides regulatory compliance.Proper anesthesia documentation helps prevent errors from occurring by ensuring that correctprocedures are followed.When considering automated anesthesia documentation, healthcare organizations should keepthese 7 points in mind:1. Make sure the solution cross-checks for adverse drug events.2. Leverage a solution with formulary reference for allergies and medication.3. Ensure the solution provides an automated capture feature for physiological data.4. Remember that solutions should complement, not replace, the clinician’s expertise.5. Ensure pre-anesthesia evaluations are included as part of patient history documentation.6. Find a solution with templates for common procedures to speed the documentation process.7. Look for a solution that includes prophylactic antibiotic alerts to promote timelyadministration of medication.Armed with the latest technology, anesthesiologists and operating room healthcareprofessionals can focus less on documentation and more on delivering the highest-qualitypatient care during procedures.For additional information on how automated anesthesia documentation can enable healthcareproviders to enhance patient safety and reduce risk, visit:http://www.mckesson.com/en_us/McKesson.com/For%2BHealthcare%2BProviders/Hospitals/Surgical%2BSolutions/McKesson%2BAnesthesia%2BCare.html

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