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I have on more than one occasion document that a patient was "assisted to gurney by EMTs" and if asked about it, I will state that I had them stand up, with help, pivot, and sit back down on the gurney.
I would argue that it should have read in that case, "EMT's assited pt. in stnading and pivoting onto gurney." If that is what happened then document it that way. If you write "Assisted to gurney by EMT's" how are you gonna remember the details 6 months latter when you get asked by an investigator. I am by no means being a smart a** here or being rude. Documentation is a sore point with me for that reason. I was investigated on some BS deal and it was my paperwork that saved my but, because I had documented it just as it happened and was able to reference it and recall teh exact event in question (tansient looking for a fix 6 months ago and now looking for a settlement). But I know (hope) that no matter what you wrote, even if vague) it would not be an outright lie to CYA. If you provide quality medical care then you have no reason to lie.