An Attempt to Solve the “Information Explosion” in an Intensive Care Ward
In the last decade we have seen an increase in the volume of data generated by electronic monitors, ventilators, the laboratory and in particular the nurses in their recording of observations and therapeutic interventions. The number of parameters recorded in our own primarily neurosurgical intensive care ward has increased in those 10 years from 20 to 65. The time taken to record this data set has increased proportionately; and the nurses admit that both their clerical and mathematical duties distract their attention from direct patient care.
KeywordsDirect Patient Care Uninterruptible Power Supply Automate Data Acquisition Information Explosion Electronic Monitor
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