Saturday, December 15, 2012


I couldn't make this one rhyme; just consider it prose.

Staff Mandates

This week at work we are advised of the new policy regarding the recording of IV Infusion Start and End Times:

1.) Safe Patient Care Mandates That We Document Our IV Infusion Times.

**: This is confusing to me, as it is not clear whether "mandate" is being used as a verb or a noun. Is "Safe Patient Care", in of itself, the name of some policy, or what? It seems to me, there might be some important punctuation missing in the above statement; perhaps a comma after Care.........who knows?

2.) In Order To Receive Payment And Credit For What We Do, IV Start and Stop Times Must Be Documented.

**Ah, now I'm less confused. This memorandum is less about safe patient care, and more about BILLING. And we sure know by now, that Billing is a true reflection of safe care, right? (hardly). In other words, we take your money and now you are safer? Furthermore, this suggests that our patients are less safe, if we didn't document, and more safe, if we Bill them.

3.) We Are Currently Losing > $1 million dollars in Revenue, Per Year, By Not Documenting Our Stop Times.

**Further proof, that this policy is not about safety and patient care; it is all about the Revenue.


  • noun:   the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
  • noun:  an authoritative command; especially : a formal order from a superior court or official to an inferior one.
  • noun:  a document giving an official instruction or command
  • verb:   assign authority to
  • verb:   make mandatory


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