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1329 Implementation of a new nursing documentation package in an oncology day unit

European Journal of Cancer
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DOI: 10.1016/0959-8049(95)96575-x
  • Biology
  • Education
  • Medicine


A new nursing documentation package has been developed and implemented within an oncology day unit. The aims of the initiative are to:—(1) provide a concise and time saving tool which would facilitate effective implementation of the nursing process, (2) to enhance the quality of care for patients, (3) facilitate collaborative treatment planning along with medical colleagues and other members of the multidisciplinary team, (4) help prevent/minimize potential problems associated with cancer treatment, (5) encourage prompt and appropriate management. The documentation is used by nurses caring for patients receiving cancer treatments in the inpatient, outpatient and community setting, enabling provision for optimum continuity of care. A named nurse is identified for patient charter requirements allowing development of therapeutic relationships. The package consists of documents for the ongoing assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care. These include a pre-treatment patient self-assessment form, flowsheets for documentation of chemotherapy treatment and administration, a record for information and teaching given to patients and relevant family members and referral to other services or health care professionals. This dynamic tool will hopefully ensure a high standard of nursing intervention and maximise quality of life for patients. An audit will be undertaken in the future to evaluate effectiveness and highlight any areas requiring improvement or modification.

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