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Bedside care devices not sufficient for nurses' information needs

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Intensive care bedside devices “do not adequately support” the information needs of nurses and may affect error rates, according to a German study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Intensive care bedside devices “do not adequately support” the information needs of nurses and may affect error rates, according to a German study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

University of Heidelberg researchers followed 19 ICU nurses for 38 hours.

Nurses performed 46 different tasks at a rate of 23.4 per hour, the most frequent being medicines management.

The authors found: “The information needed to perform the most common tasks was often inaccessible, difficult to see at a distance or located on multiple monitoring devices.”

 

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