Can IT health-care applications improve the medication tray-filling process at hospital wards? An exploratory study using eye-tracking and stress response

Natalia Diaz Rodriguez, Johan Lilius, Riitta Danielsson-Ojala, Hanna Pirinen, Lotta Kauhanen, Sanna Salanterä, Sebu Björklund, Joachim Majors, Kimmo Rautanen, Tapio Salakoski, Ilona Tuominen

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Abstract

Filling medication trays and dispensing them at hospital wards is a painstaking, time-consuming and tedious task involving searching for medication in large shelves, double checking in the daily filled tray that the appearance, amount and concentration of each medication corresponds to the prescription, as well as analysing the timing conditions, among other details. Finally, if needed, finding equivalent compounds containing no secondary effects is also crucial, as well as being aware of the dynamically changing treatments in patients located, e.g., in surgery wards. Once the tray is filled, similar concerns and checks need to be done before dispensing the medication to the patient. We conducted a pilot in two university hospital wards using eye-tracking glasses and stress response to assess the tasks that take time the most and are most meticulous or stressing for the nurses. The aim is to use the findings to implement a mobile application that helps saving time and proneness to errors daily in such complex nursing procedures. Index Terms—eye-tracking, stress, filling medication tray, hospital, dispensing, nurse, eHealth Filling medication trays and dispensing them at hospital wards is a painstaking, time-consuming and tedious task involving searching for medication in large shelves, double checking in the daily filled tray that the appearance, amount and concentration of each medication corresponds to the prescription, as well as analysing the timing conditions, among other details. Finally, if needed, finding equivalent compounds containing no secondary effects is also crucial, as well as being aware of the dynamically changing treatments in patients located, e.g., in surgery wards. Once the tray is filled, similar concerns and checks need to be done before dispensing the medication to the patient. We conducted a pilot in two university hospital wards using eye-tracking glasses and stress response to assess the tasks that take time the most and are most meticulous or stressing for the nurses. The aim is to use the findings to implement a mobile application that helps saving time and proneness to errors daily in such complex nursing procedures. Index Terms—eye-tracking, stress, filling medication tray, hospital, dispensing, nurse, eHealth.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publication16th International Conference on E-health Networking, Application & Services (Healthcom)
Editors Neto, Augusto Venâncio, Neuman de Souza, José
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Pages423–428
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-6644-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Eventconference; 2014-10-15; 2014-10-18 - Natal, Brazil
Duration: 15 Oct 201418 Oct 2014

Conference

Conferenceconference; 2014-10-15; 2014-10-18
Period15/10/1418/10/14

Keywords

  • Eye tracking
  • Stress responses
  • medication administration

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