Decision Analysis: A Framework for Critical Care Decision Assistance

  • Adam Seiver
  • Samuel Holtzman
Part of the Computers and Medicine book series (C+M)


Over the next five years, computer-based systems will replace the paper chart in many critical care units [1]. Powerful, easy-to-use bedside workstations will acquire, store, and display a comprehensive set of patient data, including the patient’s history and physical exam, physiological variables, laboratory results, and radiographic images. Using such a system, the clinician will have vastly better access to facts about his or her patients than he now has, using the existing manual charting methods. However, having ready access to facts leaves the clinician with the difficult task of choosing what to do. It is natural to expect that the computer should provide assistance here, as well. Reed Gardner [2], President of Computers in Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine has said: “The ultimate goal of a medical computer system is, after all, to assist physicians in making medical decisions.”


Critical Care Decision Analysis Influence Diagram Chance Node Standing Order 
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  • Adam Seiver
  • Samuel Holtzman

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