A typical hospital stay usually requires at least one transition between departments - if not more. In-hospital patient transitions are common, but it is often forgotten that transition between departments can be dangerous. Patient transports continue to be a challenge for the healthcare industry, as they can be a key contributor to losing patient data, wrong information being recorded and the overall lack of access to critical patient data. Missing, incorrect or incomplete information hinders clinicians' ability to fully understand the patient's condition, which can lead to misdiagnoses, wrong treatment and ineffective care, resulting in unnecessary costs and medical errors that can potentially cause harm to the patient.
Clinicians don't often associate in-hospital transport with risk, but it is a growing issue. WHO reports that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US, with approximately one in ten hospitalised patients experiencing harm due to such errors; at least 50% of these cases are preventable. With improved communication, gap-free data and consistent alarms through innovative technology, the industry is one step closer to providing virtually gap-free in-hospital transports.
Patient safety is a top priority and major concern for clinicians, which is why there is dire need to make care coordination across teams and departments appear effortless to the patient. Today, many clinicians still deal with verbal and handwritten communications that can easily get lost in translation and misinterpreted, leaving room for error.
Technology is now available that has the ability to enable care coordination, especially during in-hospital transitions from one department to another when there are hand-overs. With a comprehensive solution and continuous monitoring, clinicians can receive the necessary patient information in a clear way by sending and receiving similar data fields, and obtaining a clearer picture of what came before.
Complete patient data can help shorten the actual transport time. With fast results, patients can be discharged out of the operating room and transported to recovery in a more efficient way. This not only minimises the likelihood of medical errors, but also makes for a smoother patient experience.
Clinician communication is key when it comes to in-hospital transport as patient transitions are fast paced, with a lot of moving parts. Technology that can withstand this setting is critical for improving patient outcomes. Solutions not only need to be durable enough to handle being bumped or dropped, but also must be more resilient against disinfection agents to prevent the transmission of hospital-acquired infections.
With its commitment to improving patient safety, Philips provides health systems with enterprise-level patientmonitoring solutions to simplify workflows for clinical staff by aiding caregivers with information to drive confident clinical decisions. These solutions not only raise the standard of care, but also make the most of existing IT systems and help lower costs for health systems. Designed for portable, uninterrupted monitoring during in-hospital transport and at the bedside, Philips' IntelliVue X3 patient monitor is an intuitive smartphone-style operation that quickly and easily enables continuous monitoring during transport for the most critical patients. This technology minimises the need for clinicians to change patient cables during in-hospital transport or at the bedside, enabling them to spend less time dealing with equipment and more time caring for the patient.
In-hospital transport is an unavoidable part of a patient's journey in the hospital, but there are advancements in technology that better address the healthcare industry's concerns. Patient-monitoring technology helps to maintain more seamless patient data during care transitions, and avoid potentially preventable medical errors. By incorporating clinical decision support tools, clinicians can have better visibility into a patient's condition and provide a higher quality of care throughout patients' transports around the hospital.