Clinician Satisfaction with Advanced Clinical Decision Support to Reduce the Risk of Torsades de Pointes

Tyler Gallo, Craig William Heise, Raymond L. Woosley, James E. Tisdale, Corneliu C. Antonescu, Sheila M. Gephart, Daniel C Malone

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Objectives Clinical decision support (CDS) can potentially help clinicians identify and manage patients who are at risk for torsades de pointes (TdP). However, computer alerts are often ignored and might contribute to alert fatigue. The goals of this project were to create an advanced TdP CDS advisory that presents patient-specific, relevant information, including 1-click management options, and to determine clinician satisfaction with the CDS. Methods The advanced TdP CDS was developed and implemented across a health system comprising 29 hospitals. The advisory presents patient-specific information including relevant risk factors, laboratory values, and 1-click options to help manage the condition in high-risk patients. A short electronic survey was created to gather clinician feedback on the advisory. Results After implementation, an email invitation to complete the anonymous advisory-related survey was sent to 442 clinicians who received the advisory. Among the 38 respondents, feedback was generally positive, with 79% of respondents reporting that the advisory helps them care for their patients and 87% responding that alternative actions for them to consider were clearly specified. However, 46% of respondents indicated the alert appeared too frequently. Conclusions Advanced TdP risk CDS that provides relevant, patient-specific information and 1-click management options can be generally viewed favorably by clinicians who receive the advisory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E1010-E1013
JournalJournal of Patient Safety
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022


  • arrhythmias (cardiac)
  • decision support systems (clinical)
  • electronic health records
  • patient safety
  • torsades de pointes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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