ICMCC

the international council on medical & care compunetics

news page

17
April, 2014
Thursday

Bedside Nurses’ Perceptions of Intensive Care Unit Telemedicine

Background
Intensive care unit telemedicine is an innovative approach to providing critical care services for a broad geographic area, but its success may depend on acceptance by bedside providers.

Objectives
To determine critical care nurses’ attitudes toward and perceptions about the use of telemedicine in critical care.

Methods
A total of 179 nurses in 3 critical care units in 2 university-affiliated academic hospitals that use telemedicine intensivists and nurses were surveyed via the Internet about their practice and perceptions of telemedicine. Results Among the 93 respondents (response rate, 52%), 72 worked at least 1 night shift and therefore had experience with the telemedicine unit. Reported contact with the telemedicine unit was relatively infrequent: 31% reported being called by the unit 3 or more times in the preceding 6 months. A total of 44% reported regularly incorporating interventions suggested by the telemedicine staff. A majority (72%) thought that telemedicine increases patients’ survival, but fewer thought that telemedicine prevents medical errors (47%) or improves the satisfaction of patients’ families (42%). Some respondents thought that telemedicine interrupted work flow (9%), was intrusive (11%), or resulted in a feeling of being spied upon (13%). Most nurses thought that personally knowing the telemedicine physician was important (79%), and nurses were more likely to contact the telemedicine unit if they knew the physician on call (61%).

Conclusions
Practicing bedside nurses with experience in telemedicine generally support its use, but concerns about privacy issues and the desire to personally know the telemedicine physician may hinder broader application of the technology.

Abstract
Mullen-Fortino, Margaret; Dimartino, Joseph; Entrikin, Lorraine; Mulliner, Sophia; Hanson, C. William; Kahn, Jeremy M., American Journal of Critical Care, 21(1), 24-32, DOI: 10.4037/ajcc2012801

More bibliographic information.

9 January 2012 | Categories: Science | Country: United States | Tag(s): Intensive care, Nurses, Tele-ICU, Telemedicine
You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
If you appreciate our news pages, don't forget to subscribe or try the NEW ICMCC toolbar!

Leave a Reply

Back to News Page

subscribe

ICMCC is member of

IFMBE

WABT

© ICMCC 2004-2011

Log in