For those that need a reason to support CPOE and EMR implementation

Pharmacists see hand written orders like the one below almost daily. The order has to be interpreted by a pharmacist, usually with a little hand waving and guessing (kind of like being a pharmacy Jedi), and entered on the patient’s medication profile before the nurse can access the medication from the automated dispensing cabinet and get it to the patient. Even though I’m used to looking at orders like this, there is simply no excuse for what you see below.

There are two medications contained in the hand written orders below. I double-dog dare you to find them. It’s kind of like a “Where’s Waldo” puzzle. Leave your guesses in the comment section of this post. Good luck.

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6 responses to “For those that need a reason to support CPOE and EMR implementation”

  1. October 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm |

    Aww come on Jerry! The MD wants Culture and Sensitivity,

    Then start Levaquin 500mg IV daily and some
    Morphine Sulfate 1-2mg IV q4h prn breakthru pain

    Do I win?

  2. October 24, 2009 at 8:24 am |

    It is still absolutely horrible penmanship. Send this to Dennis Quaid and he would have a hay day.

  3. October 28, 2009 at 9:50 pm |

    Holy cow! How’d anyone ever figure that out? You both deserve medals, or at least a cold beverage.

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