Standardizing documentation for postoperative nausea andvomiting in the electronic health record

Conni DeBlieck, Anne Fishman LaFlamme, Mary Jane Rivard, Karen A. Monsen

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Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) remains a common postoperative complication that causes patient discomfort and increases health care costs. Clinicians use the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) guideline to help prevent and treat PONV. However, the lack of standardized terminology in the electronic health record (EHR) and the lack of clinical decision support tools make it difficult for clinicians to document guideline implementation and to determine the effects of nursing care on PONV. To address this, we created a concept map of the Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS) that illustrates the relationship between elements of this standardized nursing terminology and the ASPAN guideline, using the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms multidisciplinary terminology to fill any gaps. This mapping results in a standardized dataset specific to PONV for use in an EHR, which links nursing care to nursing diagnoses, interventions, and outcomes. The mapping and documentation in the EHR also allows standardized data collection for research, evaluation, and benchmarking, which makes perioperative nursing care of patients who are at risk for or experiencing PONV measureable and visible. Distributing this information to perioperative and perianesthesia nursing personnel, in addition to implementing risk assessment tools for PONV and clinical support alerts in electronic documentation systems, will help support implementation of the PONV clinical practice guideline in the EHR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-380
Number of pages11
JournalAORN journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • EHR
  • Electronic health record
  • PNDS
  • PONV
  • Perioperative Nursing Data Set
  • Postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Postoperative nursing
  • Standardized nursing terminology

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