Evaluation of Electronic Medical Records on Nurses' Time Allocation During Cesarean Delivery. Journal of patient safety Tan, M., Lipman, S., Lee, H., Sie, L., Carvalho, B. 2019; 15 (4): e82–e85


BACKGROUND: The impact of the electronic medical record (EMR) on nursing workload is not well understood. The objective of this descriptive study was to measure the actual and perceived time that nurses spend on the EMR in the operating room during cesarean births.METHODS: Twenty scheduled cesarean births were observed. An observer timed the circulating nurse's EMR use during each case. Immediately after each case, the nurse completed a questionnaire to estimate EMR time allocation during the case and their desired time allocation for a typical case. They were also asked about time allotted to various activities preoperatively, intraoperatively, and postoperatively for a typical cesarean birth.RESULTS: Mean observed nurse EMR time was 36 ± 12 minutes per case, 40% ± 10% of the duration of the cesarean delivery. Nurses tended to estimate greater time spent on the EMR; the perceived mean proportion of time spent on the EMR (55%) was greater than the actual timed value of 40% (P = 0.020). Nurse's desired amount of time spent on the EMR was 22% ± 15% of the case duration, significantly less than actual time spent on the EMR (P = 0.007).CONCLUSIONS: On average, nurses spent 40% of their intraoperative time on the EMR during cesarean births, and this time burden was distributed across the perioperative period. These findings highlight the time burden of EMRs and suggest that EMR functionality should be better aligned with end-user needs. Future studies are needed to better understand the impacts of intraoperative EMR use on patient safety and patient/nursing/clinician communication.

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