One Year Experience with a Unix-Based Clinical Information System (CIS) on an SICU

  • M. Imhoff
Part of the Intensivmedizinisches Seminar book series (INTENSIVM.SEM., volume 6)


The traditional handwritten documentation can by no means meet the continuously increasing demands in modern intensive care. In a clinical evaluation a unix-based CIS was tested on a major German surgical intensive care unit (SICU). After a short training period most of the documentation work could be done with the CIS. Time savings resulted from automatic calculations of intake/output summaries and hemodynamics, and from on-line data transfer from bedside devices. The 100% legibility of the computer documentation, its consistent structure and terminology, and its comprehensiveness provided for a major improvement in quality. Thus, in a first clinical testing in a German SICU the replacement of the handwritten record with a unixbased CIS was successful and advantageous.


Surgical Intensive Care Unit Clinical Information System Documentation Work Short Training Period Central Data Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Imhoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Chirurgische KlinikStädtische KlinikenDortmundGermany

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