Annotated bibliography week 1

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 Using the attached form fill out the required sections to develop an annotated bibliography for the journal article that you accessed and read this week. 

Annotated Bibliography Worksheet

Student Name:

A. Bibliographical Information:

Author(s) Name:

Title of Article:

Date of Article:

Journal Name:

B. Summary of Article:

C. Evaluation of Article:

D. Reflection on Application to Practice:

Annotated Bibliography Rubric

50 Pts



Needs Improvement

Written Criteria

10 Points

7 Points

4 Points

Faculty Comments

Bibliographical Information 

Bibliographical information is accurately stated and formatted.

Bibliographical information contains 2-3 errors.

Bibliographical information contains more than 3 errors.

Summary of Article 

Article is concisely summarized in one paragraph with no more than one error

Article is more than one paragraph with one error

Article exceeds one paragraph and has more than 2 errors.

Evaluation of Article

Article is evaluated in light of its purpose and credibility

Evaluation is loosely based on evidence but well organized

Evaluation does not relate to purpose of article and is not evidence-based.

Reflection on Application to Practice

Reflection contains reference to application to current of future practice merits or lack of merit.

Reflection is vague and only loosely related to current or future practice.

Reflection does not connect merit or lack of merit to practice.

Grammar, Syntax, APA Format

APA format, grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation are accurate, or with zero to three errors.

Four to six errors in APA format, grammar, spelling, and syntax noted.

Paper contains greater than six errors in APA format, grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation or repeatedly makes the same errors after faculty feedback.


24 November 2015 • Nursing Management

Safety solutions

Patient safety and IT trends

s care coordinators, nurses have a primary

responsibility to be aware of the potential risks

that may accompany the increasing use of

technology in the healthcare environment.

Being able to capture and document patient

data at the point of care in an electronic format

brings with it many benefits. But there are also

inherent risks that come

with the use of health

information technology

(IT) that may impact

patient safety and data


Consider these examples:

• A medication is pre-
scribed to be given as an

I.M. injection. It’s actually

intended to be given I.V.;

however, the physician

selects the wrong delivery

route from the drop-down

menu when prescribing

the drug in the electronic

health record (EHR)


• A pharmacist processes a
medication prescription for

acetaminophen for the

wrong patient because he

has two patient records

open at the same time and

becomes distracted during

the prescribing process.

There are also many examples of how well-designed

EHRs and strong clinical processes can improve safety

through their ability to provide historical data, offer

clinical decision support, and facilitate communication

among care providers.1 In order to realize these benefits,

it’s important to identify and analyze the factors that

can lead to health IT-related errors.

How do we minimize risks?

The Joint Commission has issued a Sentinel Event

Alert on the safe use of health IT.2 This report ana-

lyzes factors contributing to 120 health IT-related

sentinel events. The analy-

sis focused on eight general


• human-computer interface
(33%)—ergonomics and

usability issues resulting in

data-related errors

• workflow and communi-
cation (24%)—issues relating

to health IT support of com-

munication and teamwork

• clinical content (23%)—
design or data issues relat-

ing to clinical content or

decision support

• internal organizational
policies, procedures, and

culture (6%)

• people (6%)—training and
failure to follow established


• hardware and software (6%)
• external factors
(1%)— vendor and other

external issues

• system measurement and monitoring (1%).
Recommended actions to reduce these risk factors

include creating an organization-wide culture of safety

and implementing effective change management pro-

tocols. These actions involve systematically analyzing

each adverse event to determine if health IT played a

By Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN


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role and what can be done to pre-

vent a similar event from happen-

ing in the future.

A proactive approach to process

improvement should be imple-

mented to continually assess for

health IT-related patient safety risks.

This approach includes comprehen-

sive testing of health IT hardware

and software to ensure that it’s free

from malfunctions; configuring the

system to allow clinicians to clearly

identify patients and maximize use

of the EHR to prescribe medica-

tions, tests, and procedures; and

providing patients with access to

their electronic records via portals

to enable them to review those

records for accuracy. For example,

organizations participating in the

OpenNotes project are seeing

improvements in quality and

safety over the 5 years of the study,

including enhanced error reporting,

more effective catching of medica-

tion errors, and improved care


Additional actions suggested by

The Joint Commission to reduce

risks emphasize the importance of

leadership and oversight of health

IT planning, implementation, and

evaluation. This oversight involves

examining workflow processes for

inefficiencies, choosing and opti-

mizing systems that align with the

work of clinicians, continually

improving system interoperability,

and monitoring system effectiveness

according to established metrics.

But the ultimate responsibility for

minimizing the potential negative

impact of health IT lies with the end

users who should be aware of

potential risks to patients in any

clinical situation.

Another resource that offers a

plan for protecting patient safety

and improving care quality is the

recently published Office of the

National Coordinator for Health

Information Technology’s Health IT

Safety Center Roadmap.4 Central to

the proposal is creating a health IT

safety center or “collaboratory” that

welcomes stakeholders from across

the healthcare spectrum and govern-

ment into a trusted space for collab-

orating on solutions. This center will

provide a forum for the exchange of

ideas and information focused on

promoting health IT as an integral

part of patient safety and carry out

the following activities:

• collaborate on solutions to address
health IT-related safety events and


• improve identification and sharing
of information on health IT-related

safety issues

• report evidence on health
IT-related safety solutions

• promote health IT-related safety
education and competency.

The center will also play an

important role in gathering and

analyzing evidence for preventing

low-frequency, high-severity events,

such as wrong-site surgery, in which

the stakes are high but the causes

are poorly understood.

Several healthcare technologies

used daily by nurses are identified as

potential areas of risk by two reports

published by the ECRI Institute.5 The

top two hazards in each of these

reports were 1) alarm hazards due to

inadequate alarm configuration poli-

cies and practices and 2) data integ-

rity failure due to incorrect or miss-

ing data in EHRs and other health IT

systems. Examples of data integrity

failures as listed in the ECRI Top 10

Health Technology Hazards for 2015

report include the following:

• appearance of one patient’s data
in another patient’s record

• missing data or delayed data

• clock synchronization errors
between medical devices and IT


• default values being used by
mistake or fields being prepopu-

lated with erroneous data

• inconsistencies in patient informa-
tion when both paper and electronic

records are used

• outdated information being cop-
ied and pasted into a new report.6

To address these problems, organi-

zations should assess their health

IT systems and identify data integ-

rity failures, correcting them to pre-

vent similar problems from recur-

ring. Organizations should also

empower users to report all types of

health IT-related incidents, including

those that don’t cause any harm and

near-misses, because staff members

don’t always recognize health IT’s

contribution to an event. Nurses

should be especially mindful of the

risks of copying and pasting infor-

mation from one episode of care to

another. When errors in documenta-

tion are made, incomplete, inaccurate,

The ultimate responsibility for minimizing the potential
negative impact of health IT lies with the end users who should
be aware of potential risks to patients in any clinical situation.

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26 November 2015 • Nursing Management

Safety solutions Informatics
or out-of-date information can end up

in a patient’s record, potentially lead-

ing to incorrect treatment decisions or

ultimately causing patient harm.

Where will technology take us?

It has been projected that by 2020 the

average household will contain sev-

eral hundred smart objects, including

LED light bulbs, domestic appli-

ances, sports equipment, and medi-

cal devices. These smart objects are a

part of the “Internet of Things” and

most of them will be able to commu-

nicate with an app on a smartphone

or tablet. Although it’s appealing to

anticipate having dinner prepared

by our smart appliances, we can also

imagine the impact these innova-

tions will have on healthcare.

Monitoring data from a patient’s

wearable technology or maintaining

an accurate up-to-date inventory of

the right supplies and equipment

will allow healthcare organizations to

stay ahead of the curve. Implement-

ing innovative solutions that capture

and analyze data in real time can

improve healthcare quality by find-

ing common patterns and anticipating

outcomes. With smart technologies

rapidly maturing, the healthcare

industry stands to benefit from this

enhanced intelligence to improve

performance through innovation.

Another emerging technology is

remote patient monitoring, which

merges wireless technology and

healthcare to focus on chronic condi-

tions such as heart disease and dia-

betes. Some healthcare providers are

installing devices in patients’ homes

to collect continuous data on weight,

BP, blood glucose, and blood oxygen

levels. These integrated systems

can allow providers to detect and

address issues before they have

serious health consequences. The use

of technologies, such as wearables,

telehealth, text messaging, and smart

devices, can potentially help reduce

rehospitalizations and promote pre-

vention, allowing for earlier diagno-

sis and intervention.7 The challenge

for nurses is to ensure that we main-

tain a meaningful provider-patient

relationship while leveraging the

power of high-tech monitoring and

treatment approaches.

Although these emerging and

innovative technologies may

improve health and healthcare, they

can also introduce new security vul-

nerabilities.8 During a recent hearing,

lawmakers heard testimony from

industry leaders about both the ben-

efits and risks to consumers of con-

nected health devices that may hold

large amounts of personal health

information.9 Individuals looking to

exploit this valuable health data can

hack into these systems, cutting to

the very core of personal privacy.

Cybersecurity protections are rap-

idly becoming essential safeguards

for EHRs that are connected with

mobile devices.6 Acknowledging that

mobile devices are increasingly

being used to store, process, and

transmit patient information, the

National Cybersecurity Center of

Excellence has developed resources

to help organizations implement

advanced technologies to ensure the

security of patient information trans-

mitted on such devices.10 Organiza-

tions can use these resources to

implement relevant standards and

best practices to minimize vulnera-

bility to attack. These guidelines

should be used as part of a continu-

ous risk management process that

will increase the security of EHRs.

Safe and secure

The role of today’s nurse in safe-

guarding patient care is increasingly

complex. Understanding the poten-

tial risks of health IT and mobile

technologies, as well as adopting

essential safeguards, will ensure

that care isn’t compromised and

errors are mitigated. Resources are

available to equip nurses to navi-

gate this evolving frontier, ensuring

patient safety and high-quality,

coordinated care. NM

1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Qual-

ity. Chartbook on care coordination. www.

2. The Joint Commission. Sentinel event alert,
issue 54.

3. Miliard M. OpenNotes showing benefits at

4. Office of the National Coordinator for
Health Information Technology. Health
IT safety center roadmap. www.healthit

5. ECRI Institute. Top 10 patient safety
concerns for 2015.

6. ECRI Institute. Top 10 health technology
hazards for 2015.

7. Blumenthal S, Somashekar G. Advancing
health with information technology in the
21st century.

8. Slabodkin G. Connected health devices
generate innovation and consternation.

9. U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary
Committee. Hearing: internet of things.

10. National Cybersecurity Center of Excel-
lence. Securing electronic health records
on mobile devices.

Joyce Sensmeier is the vice president of
Informatics at the Healthcare Information and
Management Systems Society in Chicago, Ill.

The author has disclosed that she has no
financial relationships related to this article.


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