Ebola

This entry is part 37 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 37 of 43 in the series WordsLet’s suppose it is 1980. Suppose someone shows up in your ED with a fever, and a history of travel to an area with a new plague characterized by fever. The nurse has heard about this on the news, asks the patient about travel to the area, and gets […]

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Contact

As of 2012, a new metric for ED throughput is physician contact time – with the caveat that assigning a physician name on a tracking system, or the time of the first orders, is not adequate to measure this. Surprised? Some docs put their name on the patient as soon as the patient arrives in […]

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Visibility

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Charting

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Charting“Out of sight, out of mind.” Ever heard the one about the early translation program that converted this aphorism into Chinese and then back? It came out as “invisible idiot.” Regardless, “out of sight, out of mind” is a good general psychological principle. In any nuclear power plant control station, air traffic […]

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“Wrong Patient”

This entry is part 11 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 11 of 43 in the series WordsUpdates, December 2014, October 2016: short addenda at end. Speaking of “Bad Design Killing” a big part of the discussion at the ACEP Informatics Section meeting in San Francisco this month was about one particular usability problem with CPOE: entering orders on the wrong patient. […]

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Lessons from Tufte

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Tracking Systems

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Tracking SystemsMost users (myself included) spend most of their time in front of a computer in a kind of fuzzy autopilot mode, and anything that creates ripples on that placid lake of unawareness is going to be noticed as a disproportionately significant problem. –David Harris, […]

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