Health Information Technologies and Processes

Fetal Monitoring Strips

  • 1.  Fetal Monitoring Strips

    Posted 12-10-2020 13:14
    Hello,

    I am looking for some feedback regarding how sites are handling fetal monitoring strips. I have reviewed previous threads on the topic but have some additional questions. We have a 3rd party system where the fetal strips are stored. However, at present they are also printed (pink paper) and send to HIM for offsite storage. If you have a 3rd party vendor such as GE do you also print and keep any pink sheets? Prior to me coming on as director when the department was asked for strips they would print the strips directly from the system and also copy the pink strips to send. We feel this is unnecessary. We would like to move to just printing from the third party (well, ideally I'd like a COLD feed) but if so, is there any reason to continue storing the pink strips (we keep them for 20 yrs).

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    Stephenie Layne
    Director, Him
    Williamson Medical Center
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  • 2.  RE: Fetal Monitoring Strips

    Posted 12-10-2020 13:34
    We also receive a "paper" copy from our OB unit.  Our OB Director is adamant that the legal copy be the paper printed (pink Paper).  She said that is the most accurate.  We have boxes upon boxes of these fetal monitor strips!

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    Jodi Herman
    Manager
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  • 3.  RE: Fetal Monitoring Strips

    Posted 12-11-2020 07:31
    We have meditech cs. We use GE for fetal monitor.  We virtually print ( a COLD feed) into meditech.

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    Stacey Goodenough
    Manager of Medical Records / Privacy Officer
    Wayne Memorial Hospital
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  • 4.  RE: Fetal Monitoring Strips

    Posted 12-11-2020 07:37
    Sorry, we do not save paper copy if they print it to paper (unless annotated on).  We define our legal record as Meditech Echart so we feel no need to save a paper version. We do not consider GE our legal health record because of the potential to switch vendors in the future and the large cost associated with getting our data out of GE.

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    Stacey Goodenough
    Manager of Medical Records / Privacy Officer
    Wayne Memorial Hospital
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  • 5.  RE: Fetal Monitoring Strips

    Posted 12-11-2020 07:36
    Our FMS are stored separate from the EMR (Cerner) and are only available electronically, with no hard copy print out.

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    Karen Reynolds
    Director, Health Information Management
    North Kansas City Hospital
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