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Are you aware that your patient’s ventilator has just disconnected?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 19, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

It’s a thorny issue that’s difficult to defend.  Bedside ventilators become disconnected with some frequency, and the results are often fatal. The device alarms that should notify caregivers about a problem may be incorrectly set or overlooked in the noisy bustle of the hospital floor.  ECRI ranked ventilator disconnection as a Top 10 Health Hazard.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Patient Care, Medical Device Integration, Alarms and Alerts, Health IT, Healthcare Technology, Clinical, Clinical Analytics

Are your care decisions based on comprehensive and accurate data?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 12, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

To err is human--and we are all human after all.  So errors in transcription of medical device data do happen.  Too often, clinicians busy caring for patients scribble down information on slips of paper that may be illegible or are lost by the end of a shift.  Mistakes also happen as data is keyed into an EHR. 

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Tags: Medical Device Integration, Patient Data, Health IT, Clinical Documentation, Vital Signs

Are your medical devices configured to reduce alarm fatigue?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 05, 2015 @ 04:30 AM

 

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

As we all know, alarms play an important role in patient care.  But an overload of alarms can be alarming.  Alarm fatigue is most often top of mind; however, missed or unrecognized alarms due to inappropriate alarm configuration, are major contributors to healthcare hazards, according to ECRI. 

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Tags: Medical Device Integration, Patient Safety, Alarms and Alerts, Alarm Fatigue, Health IT, Predictive Analytics

Healthcare technology can be hazardous to your health

Posted by Monica Demers on Mar 29, 2015 @ 02:07 PM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

Caution: Healthcare technology can be hazardous to your health—if it isn’t managed properly, that is. No organization knows this better than the ECRI Institute—the nationally recognized nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care.  Each year, ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards List has been helping providers identify and address major technology-related problems that can impede clinician effectiveness and compromise patient safety.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Alarms and Alerts, Alarm Fatigue, Health IT, Clinical Analytics, Medical Device Data

Healthcare IT: A Nurse’s Revealing Perspective

Posted by Cyndi Coyne, RN on Nov 19, 2014 @ 02:54 PM

Hey! IT departments, CIOs, CNIOs! Did you know that your nurses are NOT happy!?! The results of a survey by Black Book Market Research were just released and it isn’t good. More than 13,000 nurses were surveyed for Black Book’s EHR Loyalty Poll and, I’ll warn you, what they had to say may be very tough to hear.

Nurses’ dissatisfaction with their electronic health record system is at an all-time high with 92% saying they were unhappy with the EMR system in their healthcare facility. That’s a shockingly high number!

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Tags: Patient Care, Patient Safety, Nurses, Workflow, Health IT, Healthcare Technology, Nursing Stories, Clinical, Healthcare IT Departments

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