Fun with Electronic Charting

We all love electronic charting.  It is so convenient, simple, easy to enter and surely cuts down on the amount of time necessary to document our patient care.  Right, if you didn’t notice the sarcasm dripping, you need a head exam.  But it does lend itself to rather interesting typos.  It’s hard to have typos when you’re writing out on a paper chart, although technically possible.  Here’s some recent gems from charts I’ve been in:

Patient’s father had dimension

I hope so, a 2D person would be a bit strange.  Could it be dementia?

Patient turding Q2 hours

That’s a lot of poop, although not unheard of.  May I suggest, turning Q2 hours?

Patient has TED hoes on.

Why they have Ted’s hoes on is beyond me.  My imagination is fertile though…

Anyone else have good ones?  I’m needing laughs!


  1. That’s really funny. But I can tell you one thing. If you had to read my chart, there wouldn’t be any question you’d prefer something electronic, even if I spelled it, elixtronica. At least you’d have a chance.


  2. I had a doctor write in a chart recently, “Patient will not stop fondling his nads.” That is verbatim. It was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.


  3. Well, this was on a tech sheet (tech to tech report) I recently received.

    “pt does not like it when he has a BM on his balls, be sure to keep balls out of bedpan. He will ask you to hold his balls while he has a BM but I think he is capable of holding them himself.”

    I don’t know why I found this so funny. If I had balls I’d probably not want excrement all over them either but I’ll be damned if I could see myself asking someone to hold my balls whilst I took a sh**.

    Sorry if this is TMI.


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