Doctors indirectly and unconsciously harm their patients via their bad handwriting

November 8, 2015, 11:25 am

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The debate "Doctors indirectly and unconsciously harm their patients via their bad handwriting" was started by Apollo8 on November 8, 2015, 11:25 am. 11 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 27 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most people are against to this statement.

andy91 posted 1 argument to the agreers part.
Sosocratese posted 2 arguments, PsychDave posted 1 argument to the disagreers part.

AnnaRrei, andy91, xbulletwithbutterflywingsx and 8 visitors agree.
PsychDave, bigB, Kaleighltay, stewasky, Sosocratese, Tristanzee, Ryan, Skeetc15, Ramna_Ayesha, zoeclare7, Peypey, cancer_wins, SueAnnMohr and 14 visitors disagree.

Andy, do you have any evidence that this has ever happened?

4 years ago

there should be an extra class for medical students to improve their handwriting becoz it hurts patirnts more.... this can be a tactic by doctors like by chance they have prescribed a wrong medicine they can blame pharmacist that i didnt prescribed this.... but really they do it on purpose

4 years ago

my pharmacy could not read what my doctor wrote one time so they had to call the doctor. delayed me about 30 mins. if the pharmacy is unsure they should always call the doctor, and ask.

4 years ago

Well not all countries are entitled to the same advancement as you have.

But to be honest, I'm thankful for your effort to clarify things. I really appreciate to know things I don't normally know. And it's an eye opener for me learning these types of things, that such events actually occur.

4 years, 1 month ago

I don't know when that would be the case.... The pharmacy will call the doc to confirm scripts. Handwritten scripts also have special symbols rather than actual words to note instructions. On the hospital side, our nurses aren't able to push meds without having orders in the computer, the pixis machines won't dispense meds without orders. In emergency events like codes, standard protocols are in place that follow standards established by the American Heart association.

The reason med errors are usually made is not due to orders, but usually due to system errors. Placing similar looking meds next to each other, overloading nursing staff with too many patients (all too common), errors in communication between nursing and ancillary staff, etc... to name just a few examples. I have yet to see a poor handwriting cause an sentinel event or even a near miss. Even with verbal orders, standard protocol is to repeat the order back to the doctor to confirm that the order was heard correctly.

Usually the only handwritten pieces of paper you see are notes intended for the person writing them, such as writing down vital signs to be entered into the charting system later, recording times during codes, etc.... Everything else is electronic now a days.

4 years, 1 month ago

But for those 'rare' occasions, do you think it's true?

4 years, 1 month ago

I work in Healthcare. A doctor's handwriting is all but irrelevant now with electronic orders, documentation, and even scripts are done in type now. It's very rare nowadays that anything is handwritten in the hospital.

4 years, 1 month ago
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