Technology-enhanced learning has transformed many
aspects of clinical practice.1 Some healthcare organisations
in N.Ireland are reluctant to advocate the staff use of mobile
phones due to infection control concerns or reported parental
Mobile devices provide a multitude of benefits for clinical
staff including increased access to useful apps and other
validated point-of care tools, which are of high educational
value and have been shown to support better clinical decision
making and improved patient outcomes.
We designed a survey assessing parental and staff perception
on the use of mobile phones, using a five point Likert scale.
40 staff and 40 carers participated in the questionnaire. We
then created two simulated clinical scenario’s assessing
administrator and prescriber performance. We assessed
length of time to complete task and degree of accuracy, with
and without mobile phones.
38/40 (95%) parents and 39/40 (97%) staff members
supported the appropriate use of mobile technology.
For the drug administration scenario (performed by nursing
staff), all participants were quicker using mobile phone
assistance. The average length of time was 82 seconds
For the medical prescriber scenario, again all participants
were quicker using mobile phons, with an average length of
86 seconds quicker. Accuracy of 100% was maintained in
both cohorts in each scenario.
This survey highlights the strong carer and staff support for
healthcare professionals using mobile phones in clinical
areas. We have demonstrated an improvement in efficiency
of performing clinical tasks with the assistance of mobile
phones, ensuring accuracy was maintained.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Ulster Medical Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|