Ensuring a safe environment for patients and staff is a fundamental obligation of healthcare organizations. But many risks exist, like incidents of violence in the workplace, hospital acquired infections and recalled equipment being used for care delivery. With location-based technology from Intelligent InSites, and continuous visibility into the location of patients, staff and equipment, you can help create a safer healthcare environment.
How do staff easily locate team members when extra assistance is needed for lifting or bathing a patient or before proceeding with a patient examination? While traditional nurse call systems have long provided value to patients and nursing staff in addressing these challenges, Intelligent InSites’ software takes these systems to the next level.
Staff can easily ask for help by simply pressing a button on a small badge attached to them – no extra steps required. The request is automatically sent to the appropriate person or group – and the real-time location of that team member is immediately visible to speed response.
With access to historical data, you can analyze assistance requests and response times by requestor or location, to identify areas where process improvements or staffing changes can reduce risks.
When a patient tests positive for a contagious disease, how do you know which staff, patients and even medical equipment have been exposed to prevent the spread of infection?
Intelligent InSites’ software automatically tracks all interactions between patients, staff and equipment. Staff instantly see the path that patient took through the facility, including the people and equipment they encountered. With this information, immediate containment steps can be taken to reduce the spread of infections, such as notifying, screening, isolating and treating exposed individuals.
Visibility into the location of exposed equipment helps with timely decontamination to prevent any additional exposure. The contact tracing capabilities of the InSites system also help quality and safety teams identify sources of outbreaks, such as a contaminated sink in a patient room.
With more and more medical equipment being used to deliver patient care, the number of recalls is also steadily increasing. This potential hazard may pose a significant health and safety risk to patients and staff if affected devices aren’t removed quickly and reliably.
With InSites Asset Management, you have automatic visibility into the real-time location of any piece of equipment affixed with a location-sensing tag. Using a map view or a list view within the InSites solution, staff can immediately find the recalled equipment and remove it instantly from the patient care cycle.
In accordance to The Joint Commission’s Standard FMS.8.1, the hospital is required to have a system in place for monitoring and acting on medical technology hazard notices, recalls, reportable incidents, problems, and failures. InSites’ for Asset Management can complement your recall management system by providing real-time location information accessible via reports and/or mobile devices.
“With RTLS, it takes days instead of weeks to locate everything, so we are now better able to successfully complete recalls on time.”
– Chief of Biomedical Engineering, VISN 11, Department of Veterans Affairs