As a nurse in the VA hospital i have noted that all orders generate multiplie pieces of paper. With each patient having multiple orders we go through reams of paper. Our computer system is accessible at all times and has a backup system. my suggestion would be to turn off all printouts for orders on all patients orders and allow nursing and medical staff to review their orders in the CPRS. I am sure this would save paper, save trees, reduce workload of staff picking up the confidential papers, and the processing of shredding and disposing of the accumulated papers throughout the entire VA system in the U.S.
Idea No. 16960