Presenter: Susan Niemeier, MHA RN
Date: August 27, 2014
Medical device integration has been used in higher acuity areas, such as intensive care units and OR, for many years. While best practices for device integration are understood in higher acuity areas, the devices and clinical workflow requirements are substantially different in lower acuity, med-surg units. But is it any less important in lower acuity areas?In non-critical care environments, such as med-surg, nurses or nurse technicians round on the patients, measure vital signs and manually record the patient’s vitals on paper. After all patient vitals have been collected (and when the clinician has time), they then enter the vitals into the patient’s record. This process is prone to documentation delays, errors and omissions – all of which compromise efficiency and the quality of patient care. The growing number of acutely ill patients in med-surg and the need to monitor these patients further compounds the problem.