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.
Weighing patients outside of the exam room causes patient privacy concerns. Since anything in the hallway can be seen or heard, the public nature can actually cause some patients to forgo visiting the physician altogether. Hallway weight capture can also cause congestion and bottlenecks that inhibit patient throughput. Patient conveyance time and privacy concerns can be reduced by bringing all vital signs measurements into the exam space.
Using disconnected devices and multiple vital signs acquisition stations, the traditional vital signs workflow requires an average of 187 seconds per patient from the time the patient is called from the waiting room through vital signs acquisition.
The lack of a real-time locating system or patient self-rooming workflow can inhibit waste-reduction efforts that help eliminate costly bottlenecks.
The non-adjustable exam table can be inaccessible and pose safety risks for some patients and staff.
On the non-adjustable exam table, the patient’s feet, back and arm are not properly supported for an accurate blood pressure measurement. The manual vital signs process is less efficient, taking over a minute per patient longer than bringing all vital signs capture to the point of care (including weight) using an automated device. The manual process is also vulnerable to human error, variability and inaccurate data.
Disconnected equipment and devices are operated autonomously reducing efficiency and increasing the likelihood of common transcription errors.
Devices are not connected and not integrated with the EMR, requiring manual entry of patient data and resulting in additional time needed per patient and increased transcription errors.