Below is an entry in a chart from a patient that was sent to me.
From what I could read of the whole chart, it seems like the doctor who wrote this provides good medical care.
The issue is this: If the Medical Marijuana Advocates think that medicine is suddenly going to be saved from itself by forcing the entire medical industry to use some arcane set of rules when they write medications or medical orders, they’re wrong.
Stop putting the emPHAsis on the wrong sylLAble.
People are murdered with knives every day. We don’t make all the knives dull, we prosecute the people who misuse them.
Bad drivers kill and maim hundreds of people every day. We don’t force car manufacturers to put 2 foot cushions around the perimeter of the cars, we focus our attention on those people who drive poorly.
When lawyers file frivolous lawsuits we don’t …. nevermind, bad example.
Focus on the problem.
Don’t write “Q” before “D.” Don’t use “u” so it isn’t confused with “cc” – and by the way, you shouldn’t be using “cc” anyway, only “ml” … which shouldn’t be confused with microliter – ul. Don’t use “<” because some four year old might get it confused with “>” and don’t use “>” anyway because it might look like a “7” – or even a fancy “T” for that matter. Should we maybe just change the grade school textbooks to get rid of “<” and “>” altogether because some people aren’t smart enough to figure them out?
So let’s say JCAHO’s mandates are an overwhelming success. Everyone in the entire world … do they have a Medical Marijuana Advocates equivalent in Bucharest, I wonder …. anyway … everyone in the world only writes approved letters and makes sure that all decimal points are preceded by a “0.” Are all of these monstrous changes that have cost us millions of dollars to implement really going to improve the medical care provided by physicians with poor handwriting?
If there is an issue with certain physicians who write poorly, here’s a newsflash: Discipline the physician. Penmanship classes. Block letters. Typewritten orders. Make them hire a scribe. Ding ding ding ding ding. Win-win situation, here. Nurses actually understand the orders. Pharmacists can correctly fill prescriptions without flipping a coin. I don’t keep pulling my hair out from inane micromanagement.
Think there’s a lack of primary care physicians now? Do everything you can to make the job more appealing to those who know how to write like an adult. Keep all the useless picayune rules coming. Sit in conference rooms spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to see what hoops you’re going to make everyone jump through next, rub your hands together with an evil giggle, and couch everything in the name of “patient safety.”
While you’re at it, think about this: How safe will the patients be when there is no one left to care for them because you have helped make the practice of medicine so unappealing?