Data gathering, analysis, and display in critical care medicine
The rapid expansion of medical knowledge and technology has been partly responsible for the development of critical care medicine over the past 20 years. For the most part, this development has been favorable, but it has also resulted in new problems. One of these problems has been the shift of attention away from the global assessment of the patient towards collecting enormous amounts of data. We often become intent on obtaining a 'number' that will allow earlier identification of a developing problem or clarification of a patient's physiologic state. In this process, we have often neglected the art of observing the patient and interpreting the expression on the patient's face and being sensitive to the slightly different sound in the noisy intensive care unit (ICU) environment that might help us detect patient distress or the malfunction of a piece of life support equipment
American Association for Respiratory Care
Respiratory Intensive Care
Clemmer, T. P., & Gardner, R. M. (1986). Data gathering, analysis, and display in critical care medicine, in DJ Pierson (Ed.), Respiratory Intensive Care, Ch. 26, 298-310.