|A Clinical Information System (CIS) is an information system designed to be used specifically in the critical care environment. It integrates the many computer systems found in a modern hospital, such as pathology and radiology, with an electronic patient record. This provides easy bedside access for clinicians.
How Does It Work?
All information formerly placed on paper charts is collected and recorded by staff caring for the patient and entered into this bedside computer located at the end of each bedspace. Observations, including blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen levels and temperature along with medications and fluids are stored into the computer. As necessary, staff will also type notes. Once the patient is discharged from the Intensive Care unit the information is printed and placed into the patient’s medical record.
Following NSW Health Guidelines, all confidential patient information is routinely backed up by the CIS.
Are There Any Complications?
All Intensive Care interventions and procedures carry a degree of potential risk even when performed by skilled and experienced staff. Please discuss these issues with the medical and nursing staff who are caring for the patient.
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with the ICU nurses and doctors.
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The information contained on this page is general in nature and therefore cannot reflect individual patient variation. In addition it reflects Australian intensive care practice which may differ from other countries. It is meant as a back up to specific information which will be discussed with you by the Doctors and Nurses caring for your loved one. ICCMU attests to the accuracy of the information contained here BUT takes no responsibility for how it may apply to an individual patient. Please refer to the full disclaimer.
Computerised Information System Version 1.3
First published June 2004
Reviewed November 2011
Reviewed by Kay Johnson CNS ICCMU