A computerized alert system for hypokalemia can decrease time to treatment
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Published: 7 March 2005
Computerized systems are becoming increasingly important in critical care. Systems can record physiological data automatically, leading to improved charting and reducing time requirement for charting by nurses , and can perhaps impact favorably on clinical decisions.
An additional potential advantage of computerized systems is the ability to alert clinicians to various clinical occurrences, thus improving care. This has been shown regarding hypokalemia in a hospital-wide computerized system . We examined the impact of a computerized alert for a low potassium level in our general ICU. We hypothesized that an alert provided by the computerized system will reduce the response time of the clinical staff to hypokalemia.
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A computerized alert that notifies clinicians of a low potassium measurement can decrease the time to recognition and treatment of hypokalemia, and thus improve care.
Computerized alerts regarding laboratory results may impact clinical care.
ES and AP are consultants to IMDsoft.
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