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A Nursing Exec's View on the State of Patient Safety

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Mar 18, 2016 @ 09:01 AM

As we reflect on the themes from National Patient Safety Awareness Week, it seems appropriate that we end the work week on an important and relevant topic to most US hospitals: device alarms. The frequency and number of alarms cause a sensory overload condition described as “alarm fatigue”: a desensitization to alarms created by the overwhelming number of alarms, many of which are nuisance or non-actionable alarms. In fact, alarm fatigue has been cited as the leading cause of sentinel events according to The Joint Commission, AAMI Foundation and other organizations. Hospitals still struggle to meet the 2014 and 2016 National Patient Goals to improve the management of those alarms.

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Tags: Patient Safety, Nurses, Alarm Fatigue, Health IT, Clinical

Patient Monitoring for the Clinical Informaticist

Posted by Andrew Wescott on Mar 17, 2016 @ 09:24 AM

Information technology produces vast amounts of data; however, in order to be truly useful, systems need to be integrated and data requires proper patient context. For example, vital sign measurements alone are not actionable without knowing patient demographics, history, and current observations. Vital signs can also contribute to the calculation of an early warning score to detect early identification of a patient’s decline. This information can be sent to a handheld nursing device as an alert or to a unit view in the EMR. In this example, multiple technologies - an electronic medical record, a medical device, a clinical calculator, and a nurse call system - are all integrated to provide actionable information to busy clinicians.

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Tags: Patient Safety, Nurses, Health IT, MONITOR, Clinical

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 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

Safety First - Are You Automating Your Medical Device Data?

Posted by Halley Cooksey, RN on Aug 13, 2014 @ 12:59 PM


When I grew up, safety equipment like bike helmets and seat belts were few and far between. Some of the best memories from my childhood are of sitting in the back of my parent’s station wagon with my sisters untethered to either our seats… or to electronic devices. We passed the time by playing license plate bingo and trying to get truck drivers to beep their horns.

Fast forward 20 years, and the thought of allowing a child into a car without a seat belt, let alone in the “wayback” of a station wagon... err, a SUV... would land a parent on a DFACS (Department of Family and Child Services) watch list. The impetus behind these changes was research. Research found that when children are placed in the backseat of a car, and securely fastened, their chances of survival are greatly improved if they are involved in a car accident.

Nursing practice has followed suit. As a nurse, it is our duty to ensure that we provide the safest care to the patients we serve. Clinical, nursing-driven research has laid the foundation for what is considered to be “best practices” to support us in achieving that goal. But, what if those best practices aren’t enough?

I read an article last week that stated that in 2013, an estimated 440,000 patients died due to medical errors. That’s four times the population of my hometown! As nurses, what can we do to help decrease those errors? How can we be the driving force that saves one of those lives?

Sending data automatically from medical devices at a patient’s bedside into the medical record and other information systems, like clinical decision support, is a good first step in supporting the reduction of those errors.

Have you conducted any studies at your facility that have shown improvement in patient care when documentation is automated?

Let me know your thoughts! Share your story!

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Medical Device Integration, Patient Safety, Nurses, Medical Device Information System, Medical Device Data

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