Thursday, March 16, 2017

62. Chart Review
The Boss was texting to schedule a chart review. When something really bad happens in a rehab, everyone involved is called together for a chart review.  These meetings are about more than looking at someone’s chart. They’re a chance to see for staff  to share their grief while reminding themselves what they’re up against – a culture flooded with powerful painkillers, dirt cheap heroin, synthetic drugs sold online, and veterinary medicines being abused by people.  Chart reviews are sad, but motivating.

Years earlier I had worked with people suffering from severe schizophrenia.  At that time state mental hospitals were downsizing. People who’d been inpatient for years were sent to live in communities struggling with the crack epidemic.  I did several chart reviews back then.  I learned to look and look again, giving myself credit for the effort I’d made, but owning my mistakes. 

Today I will remember to learn, I have to look and look again.

Needles Not For Knitting is a work of fiction.  Any resemblance between the characters and anyone you might know is purely coincidental.

Needles Not For Knitting (c) 2017 by Ken Montrose

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