The H&P note is to be written on each patient who will be covered by the medical team at the time of admission and is written by either the intern or resident. The H&P note is a written medical-legal document that:
Must be completed at the time of admission (within 3-4 hours).
Includes the name of the patient along with the medical record number and date and time.
Is accompanied by an accurate Medication reconciliation document signed and timed by the author.
Must be legible and well written so to avoid any misunderstanding by the reader
Must have a time and date and be signed on each page by the author in legible fashion.
Must be complete ALL ITEMS DETAILED BELOW
The presenting complaint of the patient on admission. Should be written in the patients own words.
History of Present Illness
A complete and chronologic account of the chief complaint which caused the patient to seek medical attention.
Obtained from the patient or another source (family member, nursing home- in the case the patient is unable to give a history)
Should include several cardinal features related to the chief complaint: - Location, Quality, Severity, Timing (onset, frequency), Duration, Context (setting in which symptoms occur), Associated Symptoms, Modifying Factors (alleviating factors /aggravating factors).
Relevant review of systems
Should include identified risk factors associated with illness
All relevant labs and diagnostic imaging compared to prior results (it is important to compare with a “baseline” value.)
From most important to least important
Should be as detailed as possible.
Assessment and Plan
Each problem or group of problems should have a thorough assessment
Differential diagnosis are discussed and evidence supporting the diagnosis (or arguing against them) should be outlined during the assessment of the problems.
A detailed plan on each problem or set of problems should be generated
Please see example below
Each page of the H&P should be signed and dated.
1. Nausea / vomit / diarrhea: 50 y/o male with long standing complicated DM who presents with acute onset of fever, n/v/diarrhea and inability to take PO. Given his recent sick contact, normal WBC, and benign abdominal exam viral infection is highest on our differential diagnosis. However, in this long standing diabetic with known neuropathy possibility of other processes which include: occult cholecystitis, pancreatitis (high alcohol intake), and bacterial causes of diarrhea remain in our differential.
IV hydration as outlined below
Serial abdominal exams
Add liver chemistries / amylase / lipase to labs done in ED
Check stool for C.Dif, fecal leuks, O&P
Check blood cultures / urine culture
NPO for now – will reassess in AM
KUB to r/o ileus/PSBO
If any clinical decompensation will consider further imaging
Hold antiHTN agents until no longer hypotensive
2. Acute on chronic renal failure: In this gentleman who has history of proteinuric CRF secondary to diabetes causes for his ARF include pre-renal, renal, and post renal causes. Highest in our differential dx. is pre-renal azotemia based on the clinical history, frank hypotension, tachycardia, metabolic alkalosis, concentrated urine and FENA <<1%. The possibility that this gentleman has developed ATN secondary to hypotension and NSAID use remains of concern. Other primary intrarenal causes seem unlikely. Pt has no history of urinary obstructive diseases making post renal causes unlikely.
Check orthostatics now and in AM
IV hydration: NS (with 40 meq KCL bolus x 1 liter over 2
hours. After bolus reassess BP / Orthostatics / cardiopulmonary exam and if remains hypotensive without signs of volume overload re-bolus. Once no longer hypotensive begin NS with 20 KCL at 100-200 cc per hour depending on urine output, vitals, and ongoing losses.