A patient’s vital signs measurements provide critical information related to changes in patient health and play an important role in physicians' treatment decisions. However, the vital signs workflow has not changed significantly in the past 30 years. See how the right balance of technology, connectivity and workflow at the point of care can improve the vital signs process.
Save over a minute per patient simply by bringing all vital signs acquisition to the point of care (including weight) and using an automated device.
Connected equipment and devices are operated from the computer screen improving efficiency and simplifying the process with fewer clicks.
Bringing all vital signs capture into the exam room using an automated vital signs device connected to an exam chair with an integrated scale saves over a minute per patient. That equates to 5% of a medical assistant’s time which can cost $1,440 per year in wasted time for each medical assistant (assuming $15/hour, 8 hours/day and 48 weeks/year). A mobile cart also allows the vital signs device to be easily shared or moved from one location to another.
The automated vital signs device and exam chair with built-in scale is fully connected and integrated with the EMR, eliminating manual entry of patient data and transcription errors.
The height-adjustable exam chair decreases the need for manually lifting and repositioning patients. The center of the room is kept open to allow a 60-inch wheelchair turning area. The distance from the door to the corner of the room (18") allows for patient egress.
The height adjustable exam chair is designed to support proper positioning of the patient for blood pressure measurement—arm supported at heart height, back supported and feet flat on the floor. The low chair height allows 97% patients (according to BIFMA standards) to place their feet flat on the floor.
Use of a real-time locating system or patient self-rooming workflow can assist in waste reduction efforts to help eliminate costly bottlenecks.