Improved emergency department patient flow: five years of experience with a scribe system

Ann Emerg Med. 1983 Mar;12(3):162-3. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(83)80559-9.


Alternative methods for rapidly producing accurate medical records, usually dictation-transcription systems or nurse-scribe methods, have been used in emergency departments. We now have more than five years of experience with a non-nurse scribe system. This system has proven effective in generating accurate and complete medical records while enhancing patient flow. We describe the system and its implementation.

MeSH terms

  • Documentation
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Medical Records*
  • Personnel, Hospital / education*