Informatics In Nursing

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Technology is taking a seat in the lives of just about everyone around us. You would have to live in a remote area and have no health problems in order to truly get away from the gasps of technology. Today a vast majority of people carry a mini computer in their pockets and use them for their everyday activities. Institution of every business origin use some type of computerized program to collect and organize their work flow. Medical institutions continue to follow suit with technology, especially because of the fact the federal government is mandating it. Informatics is the title of this data collection and usage process. In this discussion, I will explain how informatics has branched into the medical field and how it affects nursing, …show more content…
First, we have a computer clinical support decision enhancer that alerts the Pharmacist, the doctor and the nurse of drug-to-drug critical interaction and or allergic reaction risk with proposed drug administration. The system alerts the medical team and helps catch a possible life threatening medical practice and reducing medication errors. A second system placed within the system’s operation because of clinical informatics is the patient’s bar code on there identification band. When a nurse is going to give patient medication or send them to another department for testing the bar code is scanned and the program alerts the nurse and other medical staff involved of any errors. These error alerts inform staff of the wrong patient for testing, the wrong medication dosing, and possible conflicting orders. This prevents the medical team from giving the wrong medication, wrong examinations (x-rays, ct scans, lab draw), and giving the right treatment to the correct patient. Another program used at JHS is a chart flagging system to manage infectious diseases. In a world of antibiotic resistant microorganisms nurse managers use this data management strategically to improve patient care by preventing the spread of infections. For example, if a patient has MRSA, VRSA, and or C.Diff a flag is placed on the upper right corner of their chart from the moment of registration making the …show more content…
First, according to Weston and Roberts (2013), the nurse manager can view the clinical care dashboard that monitor patient safety risks. These risks include, but are not limited to fall risks, indwelling urinary catheter infections, and skin breakdown risks. The nurse manager is aware of the patient’s at risk for adverse safety events and proper patient care procedure can be properly implemented and monitored accordingly. A second way managers can use date management strategically is by monitoring the equipment usage by a unit and making sure things like pumps and monitors are ready for use and or quick replacement. According to Weston and Roberts (2013), monitoring use of equipment and patient care supplies decreases the amount of time wasted away from patient

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