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L’uso degli smartphone nel personale infermieristico: una revisione narrativa della letteratura

Gianluca Pucciarelli, Silvio Simeone, Giuseppe Madonna, Michele Virgolesi


INTRODUZIONE: In campo sanitario, lo smartphone sta diventando uno strumento importante tra il personale infermieristico. Grazie agli smartphone è stato possibile implementare nuovi modelli assistenziali. Tuttavia se utilizzati in maniera non corretta potrebbero essere la causa di distrazione e dell’aumento di infezioni ospedaliere.

OBIETTIVO: Analizzare le varie app per smartphone utilizzate dal personale infermieristico e descrivere gli aspetti negativi e positivi che gli smartphone possano avere nelle attività assistenziali e nel personale infermieristico.

METODO: Sono stati consultati i seguenti database: PubMed, CINAHL, SCOPUS e Web of Knowledge, Google Schoolar. Le seguenti parole chiavi sono state utilizzate: ((nurse* NOT (student* OR physician*) AND (smartphone* OR phone* OR mobile* OR cellphone) AND (app OR use* OR benefit OR distraction OR stress OR abuse OR work-related).

RISULTATI: Un totale di 34 articoli sono stati inclusi nella revisione. Sono state descritte app per il dosaggio dei farmaci, per la rilevazione della frequenza cardiaca e per controllare a distanza pazienti affetti da diverse patologie croniche. Se da un lato gli smartphone potrebbero essere causa di distrazione, contaminazione batterica o interferenza con altri dispositivi dall’altro potrebbero migliorare il benessere, la soddisfazione al lavoro, diminuire lo stress ed aumentare la produttività.

CONCLUSIONI: La revisione della letteratura evidenzia potenziali benefici dall’uso degli smartphone, ma se usato in maniera impropria, per motivi di distrazione o interruzione, potrebbe avere conseguenze negative sulla qualità della cura e la sicurezza dei pazienti. Per questo motivo, gli infermieri dovrebbero fare attenzione quando usano il loro smartphone per attività non lavorative. Parole chiave: Infermiere, smartphone, app, paziente abstract

Smartphone use in nursing population: a narrative review

INTRODUCTION: In healthcare, smartphone is becoming an important tool among nursing population. With the smartphones, it was possible to implement new care models. However, if used incorrectly, it could be the cause of nurses’ distraction and nosocomial infection.

AIM: To analyze the various apps used by the nursing population and describe the smartphones’ positive and negative aspects on health care by review the literature.

METHOD: PubMed, CINAHL, SCOPUS e Web of Knowledge, Google Schoolar, databases were used to perform this study. The following keywords were used: ((nurse* NOT (student* OR physician*)) AND (smartphone* OR phone* OR mobile* OR cellphone) AND (app OR use* OR benefit OR distraction OR stress OR abuse OR work-related).

RESULTS: A total of 34 articles were included in the review. Medical calculation, heart measurement and chronic patient-nurse communication apps were described. While smartphones may cause distraction, nosocomial infection or interference with other medical devices, on the other hand they could improve the well-being, job satisfaction, productivity and decrease stress in nurse population.

CONCLUSIONS: There are potential benefits of the smartphone use, but the smartphone misuse could have negative consequences on the quality care and patient’ safety due to nurses’ distraction and interruptions. For this reason, nurses should be careful when they use their smartphone for no work-related activities.

Keywords: nurse, smartphone, app, patient

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