Higher Patient Acuities and Nursing Shortages
A reality that most hospitals face today, more critically-ill patients are seeking care and are being cared for by fewer clinicians. According to one report, a few factors of rising acuities in today’s healthcare environment are older patients, medical “success stories” that lead to chronic conditions, under-resourced primary care networks, and untreated illnesses for the underinsured who eventually seek treatment later and sicker.
And all this at a time when the U.S. is facing a massive nursing shortage. In the article, “The U.S. Is Running Out of Nurses”, Rebecca Grant shares insight from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that 1.2 million vacancies will emerge for registered nurses between 2014 and 2022. And according to a team of Vanderbilt University nursing researchers, by 2025 the shortfall is expected to be “more than twice as large as any nurse shortage experienced since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960’s”.
How Bernoulli High Acuity Surveillance Can Help
Designed to help alleviate some of the challenges of caring for high acuity patients is the Bernoulli high acuity surveillance solution. The solution enables caregivers to monitor patients in real-time in emergency and operating rooms, post-anesthesia care, intensive care, Medical-Surgical, telemetry units and other healthcare settings such as long term acute care. The Bernoulli system connects to a variety of medical devices including ventilators, infusion pumps, and patient care monitors.
Beyond basic surveillance, the system links retrospective patient data (from the EHR) with real-time patient vitals for early warning notifications leading to early interventions. For example, the Bernoulli ventilator surveillance solution sends an early warning notice if a patient is in danger of a ventilator associated event. Here’s how. Bernoulli correlates extensive data points such as patient demographics and lab values with real-time patient parameters such as temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. Early intervention can help prevent rising acuity and severely compromised patient conditions. And the added layer of surveillance, can help to reduce burdens facing an already limited clinical staff.
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