Category: Welcome to ED

Digital ECG

Digital ECG has now gone live on both sites.

We now have no excuse for loosing ECGs and not sending them to the wards with patients!

Please ensure you put an operator ID in as well as all the patient information to ensure the ECG transmits to EPR – if you are having problems look at the troubleshooting guide on the side of the machine.

Ensure a doctor/ACP signs all ECGs using EPR – just like when they were paper!

Quick Reference and Trouble Shooting Guide are available here  Digital ECG Quick reference guide

The SOP for reviewing and signing ECGs is available here Digital ECG SOP


ED essentials – for newbies

Departmental things

  • Daily huddle happens at 8am, 5pm and 10pm please ensure you are there to present your patients
  • Senior Reviews (ensure the review is documented):
    • Child under 1yr
    • Atraumatic Chest Pain >30yrs
    • Abdo Pain >70yrs
    • Return under 72 hrs (with the same condition)
  • Nursing Roles (unique to ED)
    • Nurse in Charge: They keep our department flowing, and need to know what is happening to your patients. Keep them updated with plans and referrals Or they will pester you.
    • Triage Nurses: They make a triage assessments, set priority and stream the patients to the most appropriate area. (they have <5min/patient). The information they document is really important – read it! But remember its a quick initial assessment and wont be perfect.
    • Multitalented HCA’s: They perform many roles in ED, bloods, cannulas, dressings, PoP’s and much more

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