Johansson elaborated: “Mobility gives caregivers the freedom to initiate communication wherever they are within the facility. Another aspect of this is that in an ICU, daily, a patient generates approximately 2,000 data points. That means that when you have patients in ICU, you would like to monitor their heart rate, oxygen levels, blood pressure and other conditions, depending on the disease or the criticality of the situation for the patient.
“Numerous points are generated continuously. And if the points go past a threshold, certain machines start to beep and blink because that’s the traditional way of alert notification. But what if there is no nurse physically present at the patient’s bed at 3am? What if the nurse is in another room attending to another task?
“However, if the nurse gets that alarm on a handset, they’ll be able to see that it’s critical and leave to attend to that patient immediately. You can never have a one-to-one patient-to-nurse ratio. Yet, this is how hospitals can deploy their workforce more effectively.”
In addition, using mobile devices can reduce the chances of nurses suffering from alarm fatigue.
“If you continue working in an environment every day where you see a lot of blinking, and you hear a lot of beeping, you will naturally get tired,” Johansson mused. “Alarm fatigue could potentially cause nurses to be less attentive, and they may start treating it like routine.”
“It is essential to have a means of filtering out the alarm while also silencing the environment by sending the alarm directly to the handset of the relevant nursing staff and not to everyone.”
With Ascom boasting 18 offices around the world, and over 12,000 hospitals using their solutions, Johansson is confident that they will be able to help hospitals enhance their clinical care delivery.
In particular, Johansson underlined Ascom’s commitment to interoperability. He said: “Interoperability is our strength. We understood very early that we are working in an ecosystem.
“We have interoperability programmes in Ascom where other members can come and test their functionality and systems with Ascom technology. In the whole communication platform, we have our handset certified with all the big PBX (Private Branch Exchange) vendors, as well as other big WIFI-provider vendors.
“In terms of upstream, we work with medical device producers such as Dräger, GE, Hamilton and more, including ventilator providers, infusion pump providers, and we have made it to our strength that we have over 300 interoperability providers through any such brand or mode of medical device.
“”We position ourselves as brand agnostic and vendor-neutral. Interoperability for us is to help healthcare providers expand easily.”
“We have also made a conscious decision about what not to do and what to enhance, so we can help hospitals from the very beginning by providing the right infrastructure for communication needs. Once the hospital is up-and-running, we can give them tools to enhance the clinical care delivery of patient monitoring, messaging, and more.”