Informatics Solutions for Application of Decision-Making Skills

Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2018 Jun;30(2):237-246. doi: 10.1016/j.cnc.2018.02.006. Epub 2018 Apr 4.


Critical care nurses practice in a challenging environment that requires responses to patients with complex, often unstable health conditions. The electronic health record, access to clinical data, and Clinical Decision Support Systems informed by data from clinical databases are informatics tools designed to work together to facilitate decision-making in nursing practice. The complex decision-making environment of critical care requires informatics tools that support nursing practice through integration of current evidence with clinical data. Recommendations include continuing efforts toward the development of clinical decision support tools based on patient data that include predictive models to support increased patient safety.

Keywords: Clinical data; Clinical databases; Clinical decision support systems; Critical care nursing; Electronic health record; Nursing informatics; Nursing practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care Nursing / methods*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Decision Making*
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical / statistics & numerical data*
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Humans
  • Nursing Informatics*