UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Med-Legal

Title: ED Chart Documentation (Part 2)

Keywords: Documentation, Charting, Legal (PubMed Search)

Posted: 8/11/2007 by Michael Bond, MD (Updated: 10/18/2019)
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ED Chart Documentation (Part 2) ==> If writing an addendum after-the-fact, identify the note by date and time. ( late entry ). Otherwise, NEVER alter the chart after-the-fact. ==> Always address the patient s documented complaints. ==> Don t write incident report filed. ==> Be specific about times for follow-up. (eg:2 days, 1 week, next available) ==> Provide a warning about sedatives (eg: Don t drive ). ==> Whenever possible, document past tolerance of toxic drugs when prescribed (eg: NSAIDs). ==> Document a warning not to drive when treating patients for a seizure, or when refilling anti-epileptic drugs. Courtesy of Larry Weiss, MD, Jd Disclaimer:This information does not constitute legal advice, is general in nature, and because individual circumstances differ it should not be interpreted as legal advice. The speaker provides this information only for Continuing Medical Education purposes.