Before the mainstream adoption of today’s digital healthcare technologies, nurses relied much more on their senses, clinical training and instinct to monitor patients. Devices played a secondary role, as an aide to the nurse.
Here is where we get into an issue of semantics. In a forthcoming concept analysis to be published by the HIMSS Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), I argue that clinicians often use the terms ‘monitoring’ and ‘surveillance’ interchangeably.
Just returned from the 2018 American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress, in Las Vegas, where we demonstrated the clinical surveillance capabilities of our Bernoulli One™ platform; engaged in energetic conversations with hundreds of respiratory care professionals; and attended a number of in-depth education sessions that drove the advancement of patient quality and safety. Here are the significant takeaways we drew from the Congress.
Twas the Night Before Clinical Surveillance – a holiday poem adapted from the poem from: Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863) by Mary Jahrsdoerfer, Ph.D., RN Bernoulli Healthcare
several years into my career, I began to notice that these little moments were being consumed by other tasks. I wondered how I was actually spending my time each shift—and it soon became apparent that most of my time was spent interfacing with technology in ways that were not helping me be a better caregiver to my patients.