Information technology has the potential to provide a tremendous step forward in perioperative patient safety. Through automated delivery of information through fixed and portable computer resources, clinicians may achieve improved situational awareness of the overall operation of the operating room suite and the state of individual patients in various stages of surgical care. Coupling the raw, but integrated, information with decision support and alerting algorithms enables clinicians to achieve high reliability in documentation compliance and response to care protocols. Future studies and outcomes analysis are needed to quantify the degree of benefit of these new components of perioperative information systems.
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