The growing number of older, sicker patients, combined with the higher patient-to-clinician ratio on general care floors, pose a continuing challenge for clinicians to care for their patients proactively and efficiently. Clinicians are struggling with high workloads, job dissatisfaction and health issues resulting from work-related stress, associated with a high intention to leave their current job or the nursing field altogether1-4. In fact, a recent U.S. review published in the International Journal of Nursing Sciences reported a nursing turnover rate as high as 27 percent5. When high demands in care coincide with a shortage in staff, the resulting environment could compromise patient care. With the clinician bandwidth challenges, there has been an error rate of up to 15 percent associated with recording vital signs on paper and transferring to the EMR6.
With its connectivity capability, the EarlyVue VS30 monitor allows clinicians to view vitals at the bedside or remotely through a new monitor-to-monitor data sharing feature. Designed to create new workflow efficiencies, the VS30 captures patient data and securely transmits it directly into the hospital’s EMR to help reduce errors and support gap-free patient records to help improve patient outcomes.
“With preventable patient adverse events and clinical workflow issues on the rise, it’s imperative that the healthcare industry looks for ways to alleviate these challenges,” said Peter Ziese, business leader of Monitoring and Analytics at Philips. “Integrated technology with smart algorithms, like EarlyVue VS30, can benefit both clinicians and patients by limiting transcription errors and providing early risk-based alerts for timely interventions—allowing clinicians to, confidently and proactively deliver care.”
The EarlyVue VS30 monitor has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA and is available for sale in the U.S.
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4 JC Warmelink et al. Career plans of primary care midwifes in the Netherlands and their intentions to leave the current job. Human Resources for Health 2015, 13: 29.
5 H Wei et al. The state of the science of nurse work environments in the United States: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Sciences 2018, 5(3): 287-300.
6 Fieler et al., Eliminating Errors in Vital Signs Documentation. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing 31(9) 422-427 (2013).