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Electronic Donor Referral: Optimizing the Electronic Medical Record to Improve Referral Timeliness

Author(s): David Ricke, Sonya Hirsch, Mandy Johnson

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Palliative/End-of-life Care, Technology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Optimizing the electronic medical record's (EMR) best practice alerts can assist nurses in early identification of potential organ and tissue donors. In addition to improved electronic alerts, the implementation a processing engine to integrate the separate EMRs of the donor hospital and the organ procurement organization allows for an electronic referral process. The impact of an electronic referral process is to reduce nursing work burden and improve timeliness to referral.


  • Explain how optimizing the electronic medical record can help nurses identify clinical triggers for organ and tissue donation referral.
  • Describe the steps to integrate a processing engine to facilitate electronic referral.
  • Illustrate the impact of an electronic referral process to nursing workflow and impact to referral timeliness.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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