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Patient data management systems in intensive care--the situation in Europe.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8847425     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Computerized Patient Data Management Systems (PDMS) have been developed for handling the enormous increase in data collection in ICUs. This study tries to evaluate the functionality of such systems installed in Europe. DESIGN: Criteria reflecting usefulness and practicality formed the basis of a questionnaire to be answered accurately by the vendors. We then examined functions provided and their implementation in European ICUs. Next, an "Information Delivery Test" evaluated variations in performance, taking questions arising from daily routine work and measured time of information delivery. SETTING: ICUs located in Vienna (Austria), Antwerp (Belgium), Dortmund (Germany), Kuopio (Finland). PARTICIPANTS: 5 PDMS were selected on the basis of our inclusion criteria: commercial availability with at least one installation in Europe, bedside-based design, realization of international standards and a prescribed minimum of functionality. RESULTS: The "Table of Functions" shows an overview of functions and their implementation. "System analyses" indicates predominant differences in properties and functions found between the systems. Results of the "Information Delivery Tests" are shown in the graphic charts. CONCLUSIONS: Systems with graphical data presentation have advantages over systems presenting data mainly in numerical format. Time has come to form a medical establishment powerful enough to set standards and thus communicate with industrial partners as well as with hospital management responsible for planning, purchasing and implementing PDMS. Overall, communication between clinicians, nurses, computer scientists and PDMS vendors must be enhanced to achieve the common goal: useful and practical data management systems at ICUs.
P G Metnitz; K Lenz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Intensive care medicine     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0342-4642     ISO Abbreviation:  Intensive Care Med     Publication Date:  1995 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-22     Completed Date:  1996-10-22     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7704851     Medline TA:  Intensive Care Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  703-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia and Intensive Care, University Vienna, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Database Management Systems / organization & administration*,  supply & distribution
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Intensive Care Units*
Point-of-Care Systems / organization & administration*
Software Validation
Comment In:
Intensive Care Med. 1995 Sep;21(9):701-2   [PMID:  8847424 ]

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