BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is crucial to decision making for neurologically injured patients, yet measurement of ICP varies greatly among practitioners.
METHODS: Unblinded, nonrandomized pilot study comparing ICP values collected using pen and paper (P&P), electronic medical record (EMR), and video data with continuous data acquisition (CDA) technology.
RESULTS: ICP values did not significantly differ between EMR and P&P records despite an average of 16 minutes difference in reporting times. ICP values varied significantly when comparing CDA data to EMR or paper.
CONCLUSIONS: The results of this pilot study put in to question the validity of ICP values that are recorded in the medical record, which has implication for patient care and research.
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