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Ascom Unite Connect for Clinical Systems and Dräger: enabling advanced clinical alarm management

Ascom Unite Connect for Clinical Systems provides secondary alarm notification for users of Dräger Infinity patient monitoring and interfaced therapy devices.

Advanced alarm filtering and waveform image display

Ascom is partnering with Dräger, a leading producer of medical and safety technology, to integrate the Ascom Unite Messaging Suite®, Unite Connect for Clinical Systems, with Dräger patient monitoring systems. Ascom Unite extends the reach of patient status alarms generated by Dräger vital signs monitors. Ascom Unite Connect for Clinical Systems distributes clinical alert notifications along with critical data and related contextual information to the mobile devices of caregivers, who might not be at the side of their patient requiring assistance. 

The Ascom and Dräger integration can also boost workflow effectiveness by helping mobile caregivers minimize unnecessary work interruptions and support faster decision making. Ascom Unite Connect for Clinical Systems directs alerts to only those responsible for the care of the patients requiring clinical intervention, leaving other nearby care providers to work without interruption. Ascom Unite Connect for Clinical Systems advanced alarm filtering further minimizes the care providers’ exposure to low-priority, routine alerts that might ordinarily contribute to workflow bottlenecks and inefficiencies. 

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Challenge

Patient monitoring and therapy devices generate a broad range of medical alarms. Some alarms are actionable, while others are simply informational. Audible alarms of all magnitude sometimes overlap and compete for the attention of care providers.

Solution

The Ascom Unite Connect for Clinical Systems-Infinity® Gateway interface enables the transmission of clinical alarms and patient data from the Infinity® Monitoring Network to the care unit’s secondary notification devices. Unite Connect for Clinical Systems analyzes, prioritizes and then distributes alarms to the networked mobile devices of designated care providers in accordance with department protocols.

Key benefits of the Dräger and Ascom Unite Connect for Clinical Systems solution

Alarm notifications reach network-connected communication devices in near-real time, enabling care providers, from anywhere on the hospital campus, to coordinate a response consistent with the situation’s urgency. 

Alarm filtering and prioritization performed by Ascom Unite Connect for Clinical Systems patient monitoring interface application determines distribution and escalation pathways, helping reduce alarm fatigue.

Ascom and Dräger hardware and applications can share the Infinity Network, containing installation and ongoing IT costs.

Features and benefits

  • Helps reduce alarm fatigue by decreasing the number of patient alert messages received by caregivers
  • Contributes to workflow effectiveness by avoiding unnecessary work interruptions
  • Faster response time to patient alerts and requests
  • Reduce the risk of missing critical patient alerts
  • Waveform images, sent with the alert message, helps provide contextual awareness of changes in a patient’s condition
  • Mobile alert notifications can be redirected manually or automatically to help reduce the risk of missing critical patient events
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Ascom and Dräger Joint Solution Brief

Ascom Connect for Clinical Systems provides secondary alarm notification for users of Dräger Infinity patient monitoring and interfaced therapy devices.

Supported Markets

The Dräger and Ascom solution described hererin is currently only available in the EU/EFTA.

The supported geographical markets indicated are based on the information available at the time of publication. Please go to the Dräger website or reach out to your local Ascom contact for up-to-date information.

About Dräger

Headquartered in Lübeck, Germany, Dräger is present in more than 190 countries and has approximately 13,000 employees. Dräger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology, producing systems that protect, support and save lives.

The company’s medical division is committed to putting the most advanced and reliable innovations in the hands of caregivers to help expand therapeutic frontiers. Dräger anesthesia machines, ventilators, neonatal environments, thermoregulation systems, architectural and lighting systems, patient monitors, IT solutions and clinical software provide effective, efficient, long-term solutions to meet the challenges of acute care medicine. DrägerService® ensures proper installation and continuous maintenance. Dräger devices, systems and services are designed to enhance the quality of care and to produce the best possible patient outcomes, while also helping to contain costs.

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