Previous Volume Next Volume
Volume 12. Printed Paper Proformas for Maternal & Neonatal Care (& some Gynaecology)
Volume Editor needed.
If interested in the possibility of editing this volume Click here
To see a sample page: Click here
Discussion Links: None specific so far. Use www.eepd.org.uk
"The paperless office is about as likely as the paperless bathroom."
(Pete Seelos, US Department of Defense, May 1983)
Once it is accepted that in Acute Medicine the Electronic Patient Record is different from, but complementary to, the paper record the power of the computer needs to be used as a desktop publisher to facilitate the careful development of the highest quality of such paper proformas.
The basic principles needed to create such proformas are set out here and in greater detail in the Introduction to this volume.
The potential for improvement in the quality of care that such proformas can facilitate is illustrated by an audit of the documentation of a simple D & C operation.
As with maternity casenotes the diffusion of information about such proformas has until now been mainly a matter of chance
The long term aim of this volume will therefore be
a) to suggest what items might need to be standardised
and what can be left flexible.
b) to facilitate access to a “gold standard” version.
Even if eventually we do enter data straight onto the computer all good cost-effective computer systems depend on getting the paperwork right first. By far the commonest complaint I hear about medical IT systems is “ We would so like to make numerous improvements but have been told it is too expensive.” That is inherent in the nature of computing. There is only one long-term solution: get it right on paper first before starting to design the computer system. Getting the paper proformas right is the most important first step
This can be vividly illustrated by the fact that the most recent version of my paper Caesarean Section Proforma is the 53rd version!
It has taken many years to get it so nearly right, but I still regularly find ways to improve it.
Only by developing good paper proformas first will we be able to cost effectively create an electronic version for use with each operation.
And if we try to computerise without getting it right on paper first the only result will be that we will have to live with extremely poor quality systems which are too expensive to improve.
(Updated 2 Oct 2011 )