The nature of critical departments in hospitals requires medical professionals to provide rapid clinical response to cope with urgent situations. A delay in the care delivery to patients can result in negative outcomes which could lead to life threatening conditions for patients. Additionally, the scarcity of medical professional workforce remains a global challenge.
Oftentimes, unless being nearby a patient or an infusion pumps, a nurse might find it difficult to discover the underlying causes of alarms coming from IV pumps, which further confuses nurses to take actions. Moreover, the growing number of private rooms exacerbates this situation as alarms information is not being grasped easily by nurses. This drives hospital management to exploit advanced technology to reduce nurses burden.
ASCOM Digistat and Terumo Smart pumps integrated solution could reduce this specific concern. The combined solution reforms the workflow in critical departments through the usage of portable communication devices that act as notifiers of alert information that directly impacts vital treatment. It reduces nurse’s challenges when trying to pinpoint specific infusion data and makes them aware of medication delivery tasks that they need to handle.
Pump information is collected and transfered through Terumo rack system. This information is delivered to the ASCOM system which relays ongoing infusion data to both central dashboard and mobile device held by the right nurse.
Seamless data connection from pumps to server ensures that data can be checked at any given time during medication delivery. If medication delivery stops, a notification is sent almost immediately. Nurses stay aware of the pumps status at any given time as if they were in close proximity to the patients.
A technology that could support nurses to plan a more structured infusion round is essential. By adopting this combined solution, hospital management could maximize the potential of their existing workforce, which is a very valuable asset amid times of medical workforce scarcity. ASCOM and Terumo smart pumps facilitate a strategic and effective workflow by enabling critical infusion information to be available when it is needed. Irregular room visits, that disrupts working efficiency for the nurse is also reducing the patient's comfort.
Ascom Digistat relays basic drug administration and alarm information from Terumo Smart Pumps to healthcare professionals who are in charge, helping them to realize and amend any interruption in patient drug delivery.
Alarms from pumps could be generated in high frequency every day. Multiplying this frequency with the number of patients increases stress and cognitive overload on the nursing department. A system that efficiently filters and distributes the alerts to the right care giver helps to relieve nurses of confusions that might arise when facing too many alarms daily.
This solution also allows nurses to keep track of patient medication status through ASCOM Digistat. A glance on the Smart Central dashboard enables nurses to recognize if drug delivery is approaching its end and accordingly prepare for next infusion in a timely fashion. The solution can prevent nurses from being delayed when administring medication to patients. Considering the number of infusion exchanges that occur every day, it could be considered as a great way to improve patient care.