Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Three Technologies Nurses Want: Preliminary Survey Results Presented at ACI Medical Liability Conference

Three technologies that nurses want will be presented at the ACI Medical Liability conference (October 26-27, 2015).

Preliminary survey results will be presented at the conference. These results are findings of a survey recently conducted by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS). Survey respondents consisted of 73 nurses who are members of the American Hospital Association (AHA). The AHA leads, represents and serves hospitals, health systems and other related organizations that are accountable to the community and committed to health improvement.

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Sandra K. Hanneman, PhD, RN, FAAN (Jerold B. Katz Distinguished Professor for Nursing Research, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), School of Nursing, Center for Nursing Research) commented on the preliminary results. Noting that statisticians are currently analyzing the results, she said, “The preliminary results show that nurses would like patient monitoring technology that is wearable and wireless. Having such technology would mean patients are not tethered to machines and foster greater patient mobility.”

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Dr. Hanneman will be the lead author of the final survey report and is also on the PPAHS board of advisors.

Preliminary findings also showed that nurses would like a single monitor multi-parameter device that monitors all current physiological parameters, as well as a risk assessment tool to help reduce the risk of respiratory compromise.

“Our work as nurses is prevention and early detection of deterioration to keep patients safe and facilitate rapid recovery,” said Dr. Hanneman. “At times current patient monitoring technology contributes to the development of complications because it hampers patient movement.”

Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, PPAHS) will discuss these preliminary survey results at the ACI Medical Liability conference. This conference is on claims, coverage and risk management in healthcare.

Where would we be without nurses?” asked Mr. Wong. “Nurses are essential to patient safety. This survey will help show the technological tools nurses need to provide the best patient care possible.”

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