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Temporal patterns in vital sign recording within and across general hospital wards

Noe, Beryl, Bullock, Alison ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3800-2186, Frankish, John and Turner, Liam ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4877-5289 2022. Temporal patterns in vital sign recording within and across general hospital wards. Resuscitation Plus 10 , 100247. 10.1016/j.resplu.2022.100247

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Abstract

Introduction The use of mobile devices on hospital wards to record patient vital signs and Early Warning Scores provides opportunity for secondary analysis of the data collected. This research investigated how such analysis can contribute to the understanding of the complexities of managing clinical care in hospital environments. Methods The influence of ward type and the distribution of patient observation intervals was evaluated in relation to the timing of vital signs observation patterns in data collected from eight adult in-patient wards over a 12-month period. Actual and projected observation times were compared across patients with higher and lower National Early Warning Scores (NEWS). Results Both ward type and the distribution of patient observation intervals were significant predictors of temporal observation patterns. Observation patterns showed evidence of grouping of observation recordings. This was, however, not found for observations of patients with higher NEWS scores (3 or more). Conclusions Secondary analysis of vital signs observation data can reveal insights into how ward operate. The patterns of observation recordings within a ward are a reflection of ward type and the distribution of patient observation intervals. The grouping of observation recordings of patients with low NEWS (<3) result in late or early observations to fit activity peaks characteristic of the ward culture.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Computer Science & Informatics
Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2666-5204
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 June 2022
Date of Acceptance: 30 April 2022
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 07:56
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/150249

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