The patient’s name and an ID number have to be on the image.

Every image should include the patient’s name and some kind of ID number. You should see the patient’s name and ID down at the bottom left of the screen, just under your exam type. If for any reason you do not see "Patient" and "ID" listed there, press "MENU" (three buttons to the right of your space bar), then with System Set-Up highlighted press "Enter" again, and then use your trackball to scroll down to the item named "
Patient Info" and press "Enter" again: you can now use the trackball to change the setting from "Hide" (or "Off") to "Show" (or "On"), press "Enter" to select it, then press "MENU" again to save and exit. You should see "Patient" and "ID" now displayed at the bottom left.

Assuming you can see "Patient" and "ID" down there, we just need to go over how to put in a new patient so that their information displays (and therefore turns up on your prints and saved images).

If your system has the most recent software version (or really anything 2009 or later) …

  1. Press "Pat Data" (to the right of your space bar). When the menu comes up, you will see that it is already highlighting the word "New" up at the top right. Go ahead and press "Enter" to create a new patient. On the new software, this should make the box disappear and you should see an automatically-generated number at the bottom of your screen for an ID number. This is an absolutely unique number for this particular patient, because it includes the year, month, day, hour, minute, and second that you began the exam.
  2. Now we want to put in a name still of course. So press "Pat Data" again and you will see that the ID number previously generated is in there already. Roll your trackball down to the "Name" field and go ahead and type in the patient’s name (usually first then last, since it won’t let you put in a comma) and press "Enter" again.
  3. Now go ahead and press "Enter" repeatedly to jump through the rest of the fields (you can also use your trackball to scroll down, though I prefer "Enter"). None of these other fields mean anything to you, of course, and with the probe you have attached, you can’t even really do anything to these fields anyhow. (You can’t even change "Female" to "Male.") So skip through them, and at the bottom, when it is highlighting "Set" (or "Save") press "Enter" one last time — and the box should disappear, and you should now see the patient’s info at the bottom left.
  4. That’s it. Just remember, though, that when the next patient comes in, you will need to press "Pat Data" again, and with it highlighting "New" press "Enter" to generate a new ID number, then press "Pat Data" again, scroll down and put in the name, then go down to "Set" (or "Save") and press "Enter."

If you are on anything other than the most recent software version …

  1. Press "Pat Data" (to the right of your space bar). When the menu comes up, you will see that it is already highlighting the word "New" up at the top right. Go ahead and press "Enter" to create a new patient. If pressing "Enter" drops you immediately down to the "Name" field, you are reading the right set of notes. If, however, pressing "Enter" makes the box disappear and generates an automatic ID number for you at the bottom of the screen, then you have the latest software version and need to follow the instructions in the box below.
    (If you don’t have the latest software version and would like it, email me and let me know!)
  2. Assuming that pressing "Enter" dropped you down to the "Name" field, go ahead and type in the patient’s name (usually first then last, since it won’t let you put in a comma) and press "Enter" again. This will drop you down to the ID field.
  3. Type in an ID number to better designate this ultrasound as belonging to this particular patient (my favorite two choices: chart number followed by date of birth, all run together; or last four of their social security number followed by date of birth, again all run together— you can bet THOSE numbers are unique!).
  4. Now go ahead and press "Enter" repeatedly to jump through the rest of the fields (you can also use your trackball to scroll down, but I prefer "Enter"). None of these other fields mean anything to you, of course, and with the probe you have attached, you can’t even really do anything to these fields anyhow. So skip through them, and at the bottom, when it is highlighting "Set" (or "Save") press "Enter" one last time — and the box should disappear, and you should now see the patient’s info at the bottom left.
  5. That’s it. Just remember, though, that when the next patient comes in, you will need to press "Pat Data" again and put in the new patient and replace the one you just put in.

 

 

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