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Critical Care Beds and Clinical Documentation. Stephanie Allen Sukanya Bhattaccharya Sarah Manning Surabhi Satam Temidayo Yembra.

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critical care beds and clinical documentation

Critical Care Beds and Clinical Documentation

Stephanie Allen

Sukanya Bhattaccharya

Sarah Manning

Surabhi Satam

Temidayo Yembra


Introduction to Critical Care BedsWhen it comes to life-threatening illness or injury, Critical care beds offer design enhancements and safety features that assist in the efficient delivery of care

  • Specifications
    • Frame: L2160 x W1100
    • Bed: L1900 x W980
    • Back: 0 ~ 80°
    • Knee: 0 ~ 35°
    • Adjustable height
    • Nursing Panel


    • Benefits patient
    • Benefits caregiver
    • Touchscreen pads
    • USB upgradeable
  • Positionable bed
    • Customizable
    • Modern


types cont

Epic II

    • Integrated scale
    • Side rail controls
    • Back rest position
  • Resuscitation bed
    • Multi-care
    • Easily maintainable
    • Tilting, Weighing, X-Ray

Types (cont)



    • Number increasing
    • Proper equipment
    • Patient lifts


issues cont

Impatient falls

    • Control out of reach
    • Height of bed
    • Automatic adjustment

Issues (cont)


Lateral Tilting

    • Prevents complication
    • Assists treatment
  • Impatient fall protection
    • Side rails


objectives cont

X-Ray scanning

    • Reduces patient transfer
    • Ease for staff
  • Pressure redistribution
    • Proper mattresses
    • Prevent pressure sores

Objectives (cont)

objectives cont1

Accurate Weighing

    • Constant examination
    • Accurate results
    • Eliminates patient transfer
  • Staff support
    • Multi-function screens

Objectives (cont)

objectives cont2


    • Mobilizing lifts & rails
    • Ease on healthcare staff
  • Optimization of heart and lung performance
    • Treatment positions
    • Prevent complications

Objectives (cont)

what is clinical documentation

What is Clinical Documentation?

Clinical documentation in a patient's record includes any and all documentation that relates to the care of the patient during the patient's stay or encounter.


In the inpatient setting, some of the important pieces of the patent’s clinical documentation include:

Patient History & Physical

Progress Notes


Procedure Reports

Anesthesia Reports

Pathology Reports

Radiology/Nuclear Medicine Reports

Cardiology Reports

Consultation Reports

Notes Provided by Nursing Staff

Discharge Summary

why is clinical documentation important

Why is Clinical Documentation Important

Patient Care & Quality

Legal Protection

Operations and Management

Strategic and Financial Planning


Reimbursement & Revenue

the move toward electronic medical records emrs and critical care information systems ccis

The move toward Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Critical Care Information Systems (CCIS)

EMRs are meant to facilitate more efficient work processes for staff by automatically gathering physiological data, allowing medical records to be accessed both at the point-of-care and at terminals throughout the ICU.  

A CCIS is a computerized patient charting system that has been specifically designed for use in intensive care, providing a physician with access to a central data repository containing patent information including, demographic data and physiological data retrieved from bedside monitors.

bumps in the road physician note taking in the icu

Bumps in the Road: Physician Note Taking in the ICU

Some of the problems identified as occurring during the note taking process are as follows:

Collecting relevant and correct patient information

The EMR systems are too rigid and time consuming to navigate

Information requested by the physicians is not known during the ‘rounds process, requiring after-the-fact lookup and documentation annotation

Repetition of patient treatment and observation information in different sections of the EMR

clinical documentation in the remote icu model

Clinical Documentation in the Remote ICU Model

With respect to clinical documentation sophisticated ICU clinical information systems (CISs) must provide the remote care team with access to all relevant patient data, including lab test results, medication lists, progress notes, and bedside flow sheet documentation.

The patient’s EMR must be imported from the hospital information systems (eg, lab results, pharmacy) and ICU devices (bedside monitors, ventilators), and can be used by ICU nurses and physicians for establishing/tracking care plans, charting patient data, and generating progress notes.

implementation of emr s
Implementation of EMR's

Success Factors

  • Collaboration and Communication
  • Staff Training
  • Implementation Plan and Schedule
  • Resource Availability
  • Ease of Use
  • Staff Buy-in
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Implementation of EMR's


  • Cost
  • Lack of Training
  • Resistance to Change
  • Duplicate Work
  • System Errors (i.e. system downtime) 
emr design considerations
EMR Design Considerations
  • Information Overload
    • Summarize information
    • Maintain current data
    • Archive/Remove unnecessary data
  • Dashboard
  • Ease of Use
    • Intuitive
    • Follows work flow