2021, Cilt 8, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 293-298
The Effect of Computer-Assisted Glycemic Monitoring Protocol on Workload of Intensive Care Nurses
Özlem CANBOLAT1, Sevgisun KAPUCU2
1Assistant Professor, Gazi University Faculty of Health Sciences School of Nursing, Ankara, Turkey
2Professor, Hacettepe University Faculty of Nursing Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, Ankara, Turkey
Keywords: Computer-assisted protocol, glycemic control, intensive care, nursing workload

Aim: This study aimed to determine the effect of using a computer-assisted glycemic monitoring protocol on the workload of intensive care nurses.

Material and Methods: This quasi-experimental study was conducted with intensive care unit nurses (n=19). The time spent by the nurses during glycemia follow-up was recorded by two observer nurses using stopwatches. Glycemic monitoring was performed using a computerized and written protocol. After the application part of the research, the opinions of the nurses about the protocols were evaluated with a questionnaire form.

Results: While the mean time spent on glycemia follow-up using the computerized protocol was 30.5 ± 8.18 seconds, the mean time spent using the written protocol was 42.7 ± 10.04 seconds (p < 0.001). 78.9% of nurses stated that written protocol was more complicated, 78.9% computerized protocol more suitable for intensive care unit, and 78.9% satisfied with using the computerized protocol.

Conclusion: The use of the computerized protocol was shown to be effective in reducing the workload of intensive care nurses. The computerized protocol has increased nurse satisfaction in caring for patients with hyperglycemia who need intravenous insulin management.