It is not always easy to make documentation a priority. Time constraints may lead you to think that other patient care activities are more important, particularly in a crisis situation. Often documentation is pushed to the bottom of the list of priorities. To help prevent documentation from becoming a burden, organize patient care information into categories.
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|What the patient tells you.||This is information you obtain directly from the patient or from the patient’s representative if the patient is incapacitated in some way.|
|What you assess.||This is the information you collect from performing your physical assessment. It includes vital sign measurements and inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation.|
|What actions you take in response to your assessment.||The interventions you perform. Interventions may be dependent, interdependent, or independent.|
|The patient’s response to your interventions.||The patient’s response may be favorable or may be an abnormal or deterioration in response to treatment or therapy, which would then require a modification in the plan of care.|
|What you teach your patient / family.||The health information or instructions you give a patient or their family. Health information is expected to be provided in a manner that is meaningful and useful to patients i.e. health literacy factors.|