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Title Selecting Appropriate Problems for Decision Support System in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Author(s) Teresa L. Panniers
Source Proceedings of the 1999 AMIA Annual Symposium, Pages 1133-1133
ISBN 1-56053-371-4
Publisher Hanley and Belfus, Inc.
Publication Date Nov. 1999
Abstract Decision support systems (DSS) are thought to be unsuitable for modeling clinical problems that require rapid decision making on the part of the clinician. This study addresses the issue of clinical problem identification for development of a decision support system (DSS) in a neonatal intensive care setting (NICU). A model of decision making strategies for triaging emergency calls for medical help using levels of urgency as a categorization system is demonstrated and applied to problem identification in the NICU. Fifteen clinical problems experienced by preterm infants in the NICU are identified and categorized by levels of urgency. The clinical problems requiring decision-making strategies under conditions of moderate to low-level urgency were determined to be suitable for DSS development.

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