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Keywords

Intravenous nurses, Workload, Documentation, PDA

 

Authors

  1. BOSMA, LAINE BScN
  2. BALEN, ROBERT M. PharmD
  3. DAVIDSON, ERIN BScN
  4. JEWESSON, PETER J. PhD, FCSHP

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The development and integration of a personal digital assistant (PDA)-based point-of-care database into an intravenous resource nurse (IVRN) consultation service for the purposes of consultation management and service characterization are described. The IVRN team provides a consultation service 7 days a week in this 1000-bed tertiary adult care teaching hospital. No simple, reliable method for documenting IVRN patient care activity and facilitating IVRN-initiated patient follow-up evaluation was available. Implementation of a PDA database with exportability of data to statistical analysis software was undertaken in July 2001. A Palm IIIXE PDA was purchased and a three-table, 13-field database was developed using HanDBase software. During the 7-month period of data collection, the IVRN team recorded 4868 consultations for 40 patient care areas. Full analysis of service characteristics was conducted using SPSS 10.0 software. Team members adopted the new technology with few problems, and the authors now can efficiently track and analyze the services provided by their IVRN team.