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Time comparison of a medical intensive care unit before and after installation of a digital viewing station
Author(s): Louis M. Humphrey; Minh Do Van; Susan Paine; Kevin Fitzpatrick; Heather Yates; Kimberly McCullough; Carl E. Ravin
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Paper Abstract

Almost three years ago we conducted a study to assess the impact of digital viewing stations in intensive care units. Two intensive care units, the MICU (Medical Intensive Care Unit) and the SICU (Surgical Intensive Care Unit) were studied. The results demonstrated that clinicians in the SICU (with digital viewing capability) were 91/2 times more likely to view exam results within an hour than those in the MICU (without digital display) were to receive any kind of notification of the exam results within an hour. Some of the differences observed between the two units were attributed to the differences in operation. In an effort to determine the portion of the differences attributable to differences in operation of the two units, another study was performed in the MICU after a digital viewing station was installed. These results were compared with the results obtained before the digital viewing stations were installed. Results have shown that there is not statistical difference in the times within which the exams are viewed for the two cases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1994
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2165, Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation, (15 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174332
Show Author Affiliations
Louis M. Humphrey, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Minh Do Van, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Susan Paine, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Heather Yates, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Kimberly McCullough, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Carl E. Ravin, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2165:
Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation
R. Gilbert Jost M.D., Editor(s)

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