After reading that the notepad that an aide had written down Brian Sinclair’s name on had been destroyed, I had to wonder, why on earth are they using paper?
In this age of technological advancement, why wouldn’t the aide have a tablet, netbook or a dedicated smart phone that would link to the ER’s main computer?
She inputs the name of the person waiting to be triaged and the information joins the queue at the triage desk along with that person’s medical information for that hospital.
Come to think of it, why doesn’t Manitoba Health issue new health cards — ours are horribly outdated anyway — that include a QR code? Then, if you have a speech impediment or can’t communicate for some reason, your card gets scanned and your information is readily available.
These ideas may be too simple for Manitoba Health to have considered, but they seem like pretty basic, cost-effective solutions to using a notepad when lives may be on the line.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 3, 2013