LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
With the early advent of computers in the ED, I was told that my verbal orders were “no good” and that I had to stop in the middle of suturing or whatever I was doing to write in orders for the new chest pain patient just arriving. Nurses have been trained not to give an inch unless it is “put in the computer.”
I was taken aback recently when I asked about a head CT scan I had requested to exclude an intracranial hemorrhage. This was not a stroke protocol patient, but I put in the order and was surprised when the nurses said they must have overlooked that order three hours later. Then one nurse said it might be a good idea to give them a verbal order, too! Have your cake and eat it, too!
Charles J. Neilson, MD
Sugar Land, TX