4 Tools to Achieve Patient Room Situational Awareness

Healthcare isn’t as safe as it should be—a 2016 study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine estimates that more than 250,000 people in the United States die from preventable medical errors, making it the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.

This estimate is much larger than the Institute of Medicine study in 1999, which claimed that nearly 100,000 patients die from medical errors each year, and which kicked off the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s “100,000 Lives Campaign” national patient safety movement. The difference is that medical errors are often not identified on death certificates as the primary cause of death. Even though value-based care is designed to reduce errors, acute care hospitals often respond to, rather than predict and prevent, events, according to a report published in the journal Hospital Pediatrics.

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3 Strategies to Prevent Nurse Fatigue

Posted by Cathy Swenson, RN, BSN, MA on August 30, 2018

Nurses face urgent scenarios every day that require quick thinking. A keen sense of situational awareness—i.e. understanding what’s happening with a patient and what’s likely to happen in the future—is critical to clinical decision-making. However, actually achieving situational awareness is threatened by nurse fatigue, which is dangerous for both clinicians and patients.

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A New Day for Nurse Call: Why Facility Directors Prefer Amplion Alert

When it comes to purchasing a new nurse call system, it’s easy to focus on meeting the needs of the clinical team. But nurses aren’t the only hospital employees who care about the nurse call system. Hospital facility directors are also vested in the purchasing or decision-making team at most healthcare facilities.

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Three Technology Solutions for Coordinating Better In-Room Care

Posted by Cathy Swenson, RN, BSN, MA on August 16, 2018

Every year, between 700,000 and 1 million patients in the United States accidentally fall in a hospital, according to research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). A bad fall can result in a fracture, laceration, internal bleeding and even death. But research indicates that one-third of falls in the hospital can be prevented.

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Amplion’s Secret Sauce for Technology Adoption: A Q&A With Brenda Aubin, RN, BSN

At Amplion, we care about ensuring our customers are successful. While we build state-of-the-art technology, what we really sell is positive outcomes. That’s why we created the Clinical Integration and Outcomes (CIAO) team. We leverage our more than 35 years of hands-on clinical experience to help you determine what’s working well in your hospital and identify areas for improvement.

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The Amplion Difference: Seeing the Future of Nurse Call

It doesn’t take much effort to learn how frustrated clinicians are with the traditional nurse call system. Just type “nurse call system problems” into Google’s search engine, and you’ll get more than 55 million results in a matter of seconds. For years, nurse call systems have been trapped in the past. The traditional nurse call system—a complex system of electrical wiring based on technology from the 1970s—is typically unintelligent and outdated, creating alerts without context. Alerts are often delivered without enough information to properly respond..  Traditional technology is basically an “all call” to anyone and everyone. These non-specific alerting events can lead to alarm fatigue, which occurs when clinicians are exposed to an excessive amount of alarms. Alarm fatigue often results in desensitization and even missed alarms.

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Topics: Closed Loop Care, Nurse Call, Alarm Fatigue

3 Ways to Foster a Culture of Communication and Teamwork

Posted by Cathy Swenson, RN, BSN, MA on July 11, 2018

Situational awareness isn’t a term frequently defined or discussed by circles of clinicians or healthcare professionals. In fact, it’s more commonly used in high-reliability industries such as aviation, military operations and engineering. But as medical professionals begin to understand the important link between situational awareness—i.e. having an accurate understanding of what’s happening with the patient and what’s likely to happen in the future—and clinical decision-making, the phrase is gaining more traction in the healthcare industry.

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2 Ways Hospitals Can Improve Alarm Management

Clinical alarms were designed with the best of intentions—to alert clinicians about patient emergencies or changes in patient conditions. Most bedside medical devices, such as monitors, infusion pumps and ventilators, are alarm-equipped, but the lack of interoperability among these devices means multiple noises per patient room. Depending on the hospital unit, the number of clinical alerts per patient per day can result in thousands of alarm signals on every unit and tens of thousands throughout the hospital. The inevitable result? Alarm fatigue. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) defines alarm fatigue as “sensory overload when clinicians are exposed to an excessive number of alarms, which can result in desensitization to alarms and missed alarms.”

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Nurse Workloads Lead to Fatigue: 3 Ways to Help

As a rule, nurses love their jobs. Despite the demanding, fast-paced environment, many nurses enjoy their career because they get to make a difference, positively impact patients’ lives and help people through vulnerable moments.

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How Amplion Enhances the Patient Care Delivery Experience

The healthcare market is competitive. As consumers take more control of their healthcare decisions, they’re being more selective in who they choose to provide care and where they go to receive it. That’s why it is more important than ever for hospitals to focus on improving the patient experience. Hospitals that produce higher patient experience scores are more successful than hospitals that don’t.

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