New equipment at Baptist Jacksonville to assist with fall prevention
Virtual bed rails and other technology provide extra safety layer
July 25, 2014 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Health is continuing its mission to enhance safety by using new virtual and monitoring equipment at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.
The equipment is aimed at reducing injuries for patients who are unsteady on their feet and at high risk of falling. The technology allows clinical staff to prevent falls before they happen.
Under a three-month pilot agreement, CareView Communications has installed products and services on a sample of beds at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. CareView utilizes unique patented technology to enhance patient safety and prevent patient falls. Virtual Bed Rails and Virtual Chair Rails can be set up remotely from a monitoring station or handheld device to passively monitor patient motion in and around the bedside. This technology has shown to reduce the number of falls and falls with injury by providing advanced response times from nursing staff.
Some of the services include:
- NurseView®: Using a touch-screen monitor at the nurses’ station, staff can monitor patient care in real-time, providing a heightened level of visual contact. Infrared cameras allow for night viewing without disturbing the patient.
- Virtual Bed Rails®: Allows clinical staff to draw invisible, motion-sensitive borders around a high-risk patient using an infrared camera and a touch screen monitor. If the protective zones are crossed, nursing is alerted immediately with a visual and audible alarm, providing faster and more efficient response times
- Virtual Chair Rails®: Monitoring and sensor capability allows for the same motion sensitive border protection around the perimeter of the chair. Patients can be transferred from the bed to the chair and maintain the same protective benefits as Virtual Bed Rails® for additional safety and security.
- Sitter management program: Helps hospitals reduce the cost of sitters by allowing a primary and secondary sitter to monitor multiple patients at a time, using a tablet, mobile device or touch-screen monitor.
The pilot program is part of an overall enhancement to Baptist Health’s culture of safety. Staff will be dedicated around the clock to watch the monitors and use existing hand-free communication devices worn by nursing staff to notify nurses in the event of a potential fall.
“Our primary goal is to reduce falls and falls with injuries,” said Nancy Simon, vice president of patient care services for Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. “We are hopeful the video technology, with dedicated personnel watching the monitors, will assist us in a faster response. Every second counts when it comes to fall prevention. Reducing falls and falls that result in injuries is a systemwide initiative.”
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that nearly one million patients experienced a fall during a hospital stay last year.
Steve Johnson, CareView's president and chief executive officer, added; "We look forward to partnering with Baptist Health and know that our products will assist them to continue providing their patients with exceptional care. Our products will provide their patients with greater safety and satisfaction and will provide more efficient ways to manage staff, assets and patient care.”
Some other safety measures at Baptist Health include:
- Protective uniforms and patient garments. Baptist Health is the first health system in the world to widely adopt specialized staff and patient garments that repel fluids and minimize the risk of transmission of organisms.
- Changing how medicine is administered. A new bar-code process was implemented recently systemwide to ensure patients receive the right medication and right dose by the right route and at the right time.
- Broad adoption of electronic medical records technology. Implementation of electronic medical records started with Baptist Medical Center South in 2005 as one of the first all-digital hospitals in the nation. Baptist Health’s other hospitals followed and in February 2012 became paperless systemwide.
- Implementing a successful assistive lifting program. The Transfer and Lift with Care program started in 2007 and since then has significantly reduced patient-handling injuries by 81 percent.
- Staff involvement in reducing errors. Baptist Health launched a Patient Safety Improvement Committee in 1999 as a response to the industry’s demand to reduce medical errors. The committee meets monthly to break down departmental barriers, facilitate adoption of evidence-based practices, and measure patient safety efforts across Baptist Health.