Jason Slagle

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Experience from other domains suggests that videotaping and analyzing actual clinical care can provide valuable insights for enhancing patient safety through improvements in the process of care. Methods are described for the videotaping and analysis of clinical care using a high quality portable multi-angle digital video system that enables simultaneous(More)
BACKGROUND Task analysis may be useful for assessing how anesthesiologists alter their behavior in response to different clinical situations. In this study, the authors examined the intraobserver and interobserver reliability of an established task analysis methodology. METHODS During 20 routine anesthetic procedures, a trained observer sat in the(More)
To enhance patient safety, data about actual clinical events must be collected and scrutinized. This paper has two purposes. First, it provides an overview of some of the methods available to collect and analyze retrospective data about medical errors, near misses, and other relevant patient safety events. Second, it introduces a methodological approach(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE The objective of this investigation is to determine time-dependent workload patterns for emergency department (ED) physician teams across work shifts. A secondary aim was to demonstrate how ED demand patterns and the timing of shift changes influence the balance of workload among a physician team. METHODS Operational measurements of an(More)
BACKGROUND The last mile of the medication use system requires tools to help patients comply with medication administration rules and monitor for side effects. Personal health records (PHR) and emerging user-adopted communication tools promise to change the landscape of medication management; however, no research has been done to demonstrate how these tools(More)
Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of a technology in the context of the distributed system in which it is working is critical to assessing and improving the performance of that system. Taking a systems approach requires knowledge about how all agents in a system work together to achieve the goals of that system. With these aims, the alerting(More)
This paper describes the development of a job task analysis tool for observing and recording physician tasks in the ICU. Real-time direct observations were conducted by outside observers using a computerized data collection tool developed to document the tasks performed by ICU physicians. The aim of the analysis was to quantify the tasks of the physicians,(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined whether anesthesia residents (physicians in training) performed clinical duties in the operating room differently during the day versus at night. BACKGROUND Fatigue from sleep deprivation and working through the night is common for physicians, particularly during residency training. METHODS Using a repeated-measures design,(More)