I'm curious, though, is ambulatory now some blanket term for not dying, doesn't need to be admitted or transferred, or are all our midlevels actually rocking so hard back there that they are not only treating the babies with nasal congestion, but are also teaching them to take their first steps out to the parking lot? I must know their secrets.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Does that mean what I think it means?
Where I work, nurses are still doing paper charting but our physicians have this charting system that, from what I can gather, has a series of generated normal responses they can select- charting by exception, basically- not a bad system. So one of the notes for disposition and discharge I always see says something like "discussed care with patient, patient was in good condition, discharge was given by RN, patient was ambulatory ", except I see this pretty frequently in fast track in notes for infants and I find it hilarious every time. I just have a picture in my head of an infant walking out of the ER with it's discharge papers like, great, otitis media, yeah. I'll go fill this Amoxicillin right now, thanks guys.