ATLANTA, GA – Presenting to her local emergency room with lightheadedness, headache, and fatigue, 72-year-old Molly Medds is perplexed by questions about her current medications. “Isn’t it all in the computer?” she asks, while searching through her pocketbook to find any helpful clues. She stumbled upon hospital discharge instructions from her last admission, but unfortunately, the med list was copied and pasted, reading, “See Epic medication list.”
Slowly coming back to her, Mrs. Medds excitedly reports her medication list to the ER team:
- A few light blue pills
- Two pink pills now and again
- Some white pills, or maybe light yellow, when my sugar is high
- Small purple capsules here and there when I’m backed up
- One green pill when I remember.
In the meantime, the ER team completed her physical exam, labs, CXR, EKG, and head CT in under 10 minutes, and admits her to Medicine. Intern Chloe B. Cloud takes care of Mrs. Medds admission, including medication orders to “Take the Rainbow.”