Of our most-used patient questionnaires, Well-Baby Screens consistently land at the top of the list. This is not surprising, particularly with the enhanced 18-month well baby visit now recommending universal screening to determine whether a child is meeting important developmental milestones (in Ontario).
For most physicians, this screening process includes the Nipissing District Developmental Screen™ (ndds) and/or the Rourke Baby Record. With the Ocean Tablet, it’s easy to administer one or both of these screening tools in the waiting room or exam room, and immediately generate a clinical note that highlights red flags and items of concern.
Feedback from parents using the tablet has been excellent; for many, it’s actually easier to use a touchscreen device than a pen and paper when simultaneously dealing with a busy 18-month old! Our pediatric and family practice clinics love it too – it eliminates paper and scanning, and provides a concise clinical note that saves time for both physicians and support staff.
We are fortunate to have a province-wide license that allows all doctors in Ontario using Ocean to access the Nipissing (ndds) well-baby screens on their tablets. (Usage fees apply elsewhere.) You can try out the Ocean Rourke questionnaire by clicking on the link below – as you complete the fields, you will see the clinical note that is generated based on your responses, including highlighted concerns (in coloured text).
The Rourke Baby Record
The Rourke Baby Record (or RBR for short) is a system that many Canadian doctors and other healthcare professionals use for well-baby and well-child visits for infants and children from 1 week to 5 years of age. It includes forms (Guides I to V) for charting the well-baby visits as well as supporting resources for healthcare professionals. (Description courtesy of rourkebabyrecord.ca)
The Nipissing District Development Screen (ndds)
The Nipissing District Development Screen (ndds) is an innovative developmental checklist that follows a child from one month of age to six years. It provides a snapshot of a child’s development to discuss with parents. The simple one-page checklist also features a detachable sheet of activities for enhancing a child’s development.