Investigating the impact of intensive care unit interruptions on patient safety events and electronic health records use: an observational study.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Despite many technological innovations, safety events occur frequently in critical care settings. This observational study of critical care rounds found that more safety events occurred when technology such as computer alerts, phones, and pagers interrupted physicians. A previous WebM&M commentary discussed an incident involving a technology interruption that led to serious patient harm.