Discussion: Using Health Information Technology as a Source of Evidence-Based Practice
Before the digital revolution health information technology supplied very limited support for evidence-based practice. If nurses wanted to be informed about cutting-edge research their best bet was to either subscribe to leading journals or make periodic trips to the library. With the establishment of research databases however nurses became empowered to learn about and facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research. Databases are just one example of how health information technology supports evidence-based practice.
Twelve-hour shifts are problematic for patient and nurse safety and yet hospitals continue to keep the 12-hour shift schedule. In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (Board on Health Care Services & Institute of Medicine 2004) published a report that referred to studies as early as 1988 that discussed the negative effects of rotating shifts on intervention accuracy. Workers with 12-hour shifts realized more fatigue than workers on 8-hour shifts. In another study done in Turkey by Ilhan Durukan Aras Turkcuoglu and Aygun (2006) factors relating to increased risk for injury were age of 24 or less less than 4 years of nursing experience working in the surgical intensive care units and working for more than 8 hours.
By Day 3
Posta description of your practice concern. Outline how you used health information technology to locate evidence-based practices that address this concern. Cite and include insights from the resources. Analyze how health information technology supports evidence-based practice.