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Old 11-05-2011, 03:30 PM
Location: Texas
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Originally Posted by phonelady61 View Post
After being in the hospital and getting asked over and over again the same questions I was just wondering if they read the charts anymore . I mean since I am under two different drs care Im just wondering if they counsel with one another or if they confirm a dx anymore with each other . Does anyone else wonder about this as well ? I mean my husband and I both were like I just answered that ? hello look on your paperwork .
Im curious if anyone else had found this annoying as I did . I went ahead and answered it but really .
The problem is that sometimes what is in the chart is wrong.
I can't tell you how many times in their flurry of clicking (charts are electronic), the nurse clicks "Tetanus up to date" and then I ask point-blank, and the patient states, "No, I haven't had one in 10 years."

Frankly, the point is you have to double and triple-check everything. The most famous of examples (which I think only medical people will understand) is how every single person who goes into a patient room gets a totally different story (or one person gets x details while another person gets y details). It's truly amazing. It happens all the time. So it's best if everyone asks to be sure.

Also, non-medical people don't often realize the significant of certain words or certain questions. For example, every single day of my life, I meet at least 2 people who don't know that a fracture and a broken bone are the exact same thing. Seriously. Every day. At least 2 times a day. People are not medical savvy. So you have to ask many questions several different ways. I just had a guy...I asked him, "Do you have history of any heart disease?" He said no. Turns out he had a known arrythmia. He didn't realize that was 'heart disease.' Thank god his mother came in and when I asked the same question, she had the answer.

This is not to annoy you or evidence that the chart was not read. That is to make sure all bases are covered.
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