Coordinated Nursing Care Means More Care
In 2008, a study was conducted to assess how nurses distribute their time within a 36 hour period. This study, A 36-Hospital Time and Motion Study: How do Medical-Surgical Nurses Spend their Time?, pinpointed care coordination as being a target to improve the efficiency of nursing care. Care coordination, communication with departments and team members, allotted for approximately 20.6% of the time held in nursing practice. Patient care, however, only totaled to about 19.3%.
When comparing the amount of time spent at each location, nurses spent around 38.6% of the time at the nurse station but only approximately 30.8% of the time in the patient rooms. The nurse station, where nurses coordinated their activities and did documentation procedures, was given more time than the patients were.
Nurses similarly walk an average of 3 miles during their shifts, as compared to 2.1 miles while off of their shifts. The amount of time and movement needed to get to patients, the nursing station, and to supply closets consume more energy than does patient care.
The results of this study point out the relatively small amount of time during which nurses perform actual care. This leaves plenty of room for technology to cut down the distances which nurses need to travel, the amount of time needed for care coordination, and the amount of fatigue and anxiety which nurses experience on a daily basis.
By making care coordination wireless and easily accessible, nurses will not have to stop at nursing stations. RistCall allows nurses to easily plan out and delegate tasks as they move from place to place. By removing the nursing station as a detour on every patient call, nurses will be able to quickly attend to, and spend more time with, the patient.
In improving care coordination with wireless devices, RistCall also provides a means of fast communication between caregivers. Particularly with problems in overstaffing, a 2006 study of teamwork in delivery and labor units noted that that “good teamwork…offsets perceptions of inadequate staffing levels independent of perceptions of workload”. RistCall provides caregivers the means to let other caregivers know their respective statuses, calls for help, and availability on-the-spot. RistCall also features peer-to-peer communication, allowing caregivers to ask for backup, forward tasks onto their colleagues, and generating reminders to check up on patients.
RistCall’s immediate responsiveness in everyday hectic hospital climates provides caregivers the gentle ease of knowing where to go to next.
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doi:10.1038/sj.jp.7211556; published online 15 June 2006