Adverse effects of computers during bedside rounds in a critical care unit.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
In this prospective study, researchers found that decreasing the number of computers on wheels during rounds in a single surgical intensive care unit was associated with a significant reduction in simultaneous conversations and improved ability to hear patient presentations. The authors conclude that participants may be more engaged during rounds when information is obtained from presentations rather than having the electronic medical record readily available on a computer.