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Hello JuliaGreat post, I enjoyed reading your pros and cons regarding using the CDSS. Clinical decision support systems (CDSS) are computer-based programs that analyze data within EHRs to provide prompts and reminders to assist health care providers in implementing evidence-based clinical guidelines at the point of care. These systems provide clinical knowledge needed about patient or disease specific information to help them make effective decisions that would enhance patient care and improve clinical outcomes. I like your scenario, and that is why this system is important, because it is able to alert the NPthat clinical consideration should be given when giving calcium to patients with renal insufficiency. The NP could have given something that could have caused harm to the patient, in not realizing his kidney functions. The CDSS helps in reducing the risks associated with medication errors especially to children and infants during emergency situations. The system can do complex calculations fast and efficiently with minimal mistakes. There is a reduction of misdiagnosis where the CDSS drastically improves the margin existing in the diagnostic error. Also the CDSS provides the medical team with reliable, and consistent information. The decision support system provides reliable information in time, hence becoming of great benefit during medicationor care.It becomes evident that CDSS has more pros than cons hence the need to automate the hospitals for quality delivery of services, and consequent utilization of timeduring medication. The health records and retrieval of patients’ information to provide medication also depend heavily on the CDSS.Currently as an RN I do utilize many different informatics tools to help with patient care. Some examples of clinical decision support systems are medication dosing support, order facilitators, point – of – care alerts and reminders, relevant information display, expert systems and workflow support. The CDSS is an application which analyzes data to help health care provider in decision making and improving patient care. Clinical Decision Support Systems include a wide range of functionalities. Their ultimate purpose is to help ensure that things are not “missed” during a patient’s care experience. By incorporating evidence-based best practices, CDSS help increase the quality of care. They also help to standardize care, which increases the efficiency.Any system that can streamline the workflow and increase efficiency, safety, and quality of care is beneficial to health care providers. The systems we currently have may not be perfect, but they are a work in progress. As health care becomes more and more
complex, nurses and health care professionals will need help from their informatics toolssuch as CDSSs to safely manage care for their patients.