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Volume 13. Computer Generated Paper
(and Sticky Label) Printouts
Volume Editor: Rupert Fawdry (so far)
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To see a sample page www.fawdry.info/eepd/13_pnt/Sample13.pdf
Discussion Links: None specific so far. Use www.eepd.org.uk
"Priority to the Reader; Not the Writer - Always"
This Volume consists of:
A. Samples of Current Computer Printouts
B. Proposed Data Items to be included in each paper or sticky label output from a maternal or neonatal electronic record.
C. Sample Ideal Design for each proposed printout.
The quality of the design of such printouts are crucial in our continuing attempt to reduce human error.
(Updated 15 Aug 2010)
Once it is accepted that the electronic record should be seen as complementary to and not as an alternative to the paper record, it then becomes possible to suggest what should be included in each paper output from the computer system. This is especially important postnatally when, even with a minimal electronic data set, the paperwork workload of midwives can potentially be significantly reduced.
In time, for each entity in this volume there should be:
A. A Draft Set of Data Items which should probably be included in whatever printout is created by any good perinatal IT system
B. A copyright-free EEPD draft design, based on the premise that the better the design, the less the risk of human error.
These Printout suggestions are of three basic types:
1. Simple Printouts e.g. a Birth Notification after each birth, or a Memo to be sent by e-mail to the General Practitioner or Community Midwife
2. More complex printout containing individualised Action Suggestions for example as part of the booking summary or the birth event summary.
3. Incomplete Documents for Completion by Hand e.g. At the time of discharge the computer should be able to print out individualised printouts for the community midwife to complete by hand before passing the completed version to the health visitor, or after there has been a stillbirth, a check-list to be completed by hand.
There is also a need for all NHS computer systems to standardise the use of sticky labels. With the increasing use of ink-jets and laser printers (using A4 single sheets) rather than dot matrix printers, it seems best to recommend standardisation on A4 pages with either 21 labels per sheet (e.g. for patient identification labels), 8 labels per sheet (e.g. for providing an init assessment summary for sticking into the patient held maternity record, or a birth summary for sticking into the Child Health Record) and 65 labels for Alert purposes or to provide separate dedicated label making printers.
In a few areas especially regarding post-natal records this has turned out to be so much more complex than was originally thought, that a full discussion document has been devoted to this topic.
Relationship to the Protos Commercial System
Similarities between the draft copyright free EEPD designs and current Protos system printout are due to the fact that both were originally created, using the same principles, by me personally in my own time using RISCOS, and are, not in their original version, the property of anyone else.
Rupert Fawdry. (Updated 15 Aug 2010)