Sharing Our Experience: Drip Titration and Block Charting

Part of AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

Presenter(s): Joseph F DiMartino, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CCRN-K; Kerry Mohrien, PharmD, RPh; Trudy Harris, BSN, RN

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Webinar Summary

The Joint Commission (TJC) introduced the concept of drip titration accompanied by block charting. This webinar addresses one facility’s process to implement the drip titration and block charting recommendations. The staff, which included all stakeholders, plus pharmacy and nursing informatics, consulted with TJC to ensure their policies, procedures and implementation would be appropriate; another goal was to decrease the charting burden for clinicians providing patient care while also meeting survey needs. A 15-minute Q&A closes the presentation.


  • Discuss updated TJC titration order and block charting recommendations.
  • Review the components of TJC’s policy development for medication orders, titration and block charting implementation.
  • Follow the development of block charting documentation in the EHR.


Joseph F DiMartino, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CCRN-K

Joseph F DiMartino, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CCRN-K

Joseph DiMartino is associate vice president of nursing at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he oversees the facility’s critical care and trauma programs. DiMartino holds a Master of Science in Nursing, clinical research, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. His career includes working as a staff nurse and nurse manager in med-surg units, surgical ICUs and trauma ICUs. Currently, DiMartino serves on the board of AACN’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter.

Kerry Mohrien, PharmD, RPh

Kerry Mohrien, PharmD, RPh

Kerry Mohrien is a clinical pharmacy specialist in critical care at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He completed pharmacy school at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, followed by two years of post-graduate work at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. For seven years, he has worked at Temple University Hospital, where he provides direct patient care in the medical ICU. Mohrien is also actively involved in the development and implementation of new policies for the ICUs at Temple University Hospital and sits on multiple committees in the organization.

Trudy Harris, BSN, RN

Trudy Harris, BSN, RN

Trudy Harris is an Epic OpTime lead/senior analyst at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She completed her BSN at Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina, and is pursuing an MBA at Fox School of Business and Management, Philadelphia. She has over 20 years of nursing experience, including 10 years of Epic build experience and two years as a nursing informatics specialist. Her understanding of nursing workflows, regulatory compliance, hospital policy and Epic were instrumental for block charting. She also served as a liaison between Nursing Administration, Temple’s Epic eCare Team and their training departments.

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