Recently we were asked to make our charting at the hospital less wordy and more succinct. Some people feel they must describe every patient intervention in excessive detail. These entries are so long that important facts are lost in the prose.
I believe that teachers can do disservice by assigning essays of 1000, 2000, 5000 words. The quality is undermined by quantity and the student spends more time counting and adding unnecessary words than learning to write simply and clearly.
A columnist in our local paper wrote a series of Haiku poems on the eve of his 30th birthday. It was great fun to read his thoughts and word pictures in 5/7/5 syllables.
I decided to take Haiku notes of our weekly rounds today.
Diagnosis,treatment and outcome
Laxative to be given
Relief is obtained
Walked the length of hall
Oxygen at two litres
Sats stayed at ninety
Prescription for back ache
Complaint is back pain
Lie prone for thirty minutes
Then stay off your butt.
Use it or lose it
There is no passive fix here
Therapy is done.
Send me some of your creative ideas.