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Nurses Improve Efficiency and Safety by Documenting Care on the Go

Outcomes

In the first six months after Wellstar Health System gave nurses and other hospital staff smartphones, clinical documentation completed in real time is up 80% and nurses scanned 24,000 more patient ID and medication barcodes.

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Fentanyl Testing in the ED

Only 5% of Overdose Patients Tested for Fentanyl, #1 Killer of Americans 18-45

While standard toxicology screenings test for opiates, chemicals extracted from natural sources such as morphine (an indicator of heroin use), most of these screenings do not detect fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. Patients who are treated in the emergency department for overdoses are tested for fentanyl in only 5% of cases, and fentanyl is detected in almost 50% of these tests. As overdose deaths from synthetic opioids were 18 times more likely in 2020 than in 2013, updating screening protocols to include fentanyl testing would be prudent.

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