Rosebrugh Bldg, Toronto, ON M5S 3G9, Canada
BME 1010/1011Y Graduate Student Seminar Series
Room: RS 211
The effective exchange of clinical information is a key element to providing high quality patient care, especially in the ICU where communication failures can have a profoundly negative impact on critically-ill patients with limited physiological capacity to tolerate errors. A systematic and comprehensive characterization of the transfer of information is needed to inform the development of effective and contextually appropriate interventions. The objective of this study is to characterize the exchange of patient specific information in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children. The study will use direct observations of morning rounds, afternoon rounds, and relevant peripheral information exchange activities, collecting time-motion data and field notes. To compliment this objective observational data, the subjective perspectives of health care providers will be collected through surveys and interviews, and unit census and quality metrics will be collected to further contextualize the environment. The results of this study will clarify the strengths and weaknesses of the exchange of patient specific information in its current state, and will be used to develop user-centered recommendations of improvement.