Vitals are the very beginning of patient-caregiver interaction...By rethinking vitals workflows and incorporating elements of these models, caregivers can streamline efforts without sacrificing accuracy or patient satisfaction.
Versailles, Ohio (PRWEB) October 02, 2012
Midmark Corporation, a leading medical solutions provider and trusted leader in digital diagnostic devices for ambulatory care, recently announced the introduction of new vitals workflow models designed to integrate patient vitals into a modern, efficient exam room and enhance caregiver-patient interaction by streamlining the vitals acquisition process. The vitals workflow models are available for download from the company’s Clinical Solutions website.
To develop the models, Midmark partnered with a research firm to examine potential workflow inefficiencies during the acquisition of vitals and the interaction between patients and caregivers. The study included a variety of care facilities and focused on vital signs acquisition sequence and timing, data acquisition quality and accuracy, and patient safety. It evaluated existing workflow models in an effort to identify near- and long-term implications for efficiency.
Results of the study indicated that taking a number of steps, including moving vitals into the exam room and implementing automated vitals, could reduce conveyance and acquisition time by as much as 36 percent. In addition, the study showed that utilizing automated vitals equipment helps standardize the process and reduces the number of errors in transcribing data to electronic medical records (EMRs).
“Vitals are the very beginning of patient-caregiver interaction,” said Kurt Forsthoefel, senior marketing manager, medical products and services, Midmark. “The vitals process hasn’t changed significantly in 30 years, and EMRs, automated devices and new technologies have a significant impact on the overall efficiency of the care process, including vitals assessment. By rethinking vitals workflows and incorporating elements of these models, caregivers can streamline efforts without sacrificing accuracy or patient satisfaction.”
Based on the research findings, Midmark compared four vital signs workflow models with considerations for both the patient and caregiver experience:
- Traditional Vitals is a common setup for physician offices with paper-based patient record systems. Patient weight and height are captured manually in the hallway while leading the patient to the exam room, and pulse, temperature and blood pressure are taken inside the exam room. This model requires an average of 187 seconds from the time the patient is called from the waiting area through vitals acquisition.
- Triage Nook offers a semi-private space for assessing and capturing all vital signs. At an average of 157 seconds, this workflow model saves 30 seconds, compared with the traditional model, by implementing automated vital signs.
- EMR Linear is set up to assess and capture all vital signs in the exam room. However, it does require multiple patient transfers and positioning. This workflow model requires an average of 135 seconds from the time the patient is called through vital signs acquisition.
- EMR Safe Patient is set up to assess and captures all vital signs in the exam room with minimal patient transitioning. The weight, temperature, pulse and blood pressure are taken on the exam table. At an average of 118 seconds, this model saves 69 seconds compared with the traditional model.
In addition, Midmark created this video to demonstrate how caregiver-patient interactions can be enhanced by streamlining the vitals acquisition process.
Midmark’s Clinical Solutions web tool is designed to be an educational guide to help foster a patient-center approach towards clinical space design and workflow. The site allows users to view a variety of workflow options, ranging from general applications such as safe patient handling and the acquisition of vitals, to more specific uses and specialty applications such as aesthetic medicine and podiatry. The interactive tool allows users to tailor and create workflow models based on their specific needs and criteria. For more information, please visit http://www.midmarkclinicalsolutions.com.
About Midmark Medical
Dedicated to helping healthcare providers deliver the most efficient patient care, Midmark is redefining the future of the clinical space from the examination room to the procedure room, providing clinical solutions to redefine workflow. Its line of Midmark and Ritter Barrier-Free® examination and procedures tables, diagnostic products, sterilizers, lighting, seating and casework have become the industry standards in medical practices of all sizes, helping improve the patient experience while improving safety, ergonomics, productivity and profitability. Midmark’s IQ Digital Diagnostics System, a combination of digital diagnostic devices and software solutions, allow fast and easy capture, interpretation and retrieval of patient information for single practitioners to large physician groups integrating EHR/EMRs. In addition, Midmark’s partnership with Mortara Instrument, Inc. provides a comprehensive range of ECG solutions for the U.S. and Canada ambulatory care markets. Its Care Exchange™ Workstations help physicians’ offices easily integrate IT with digital diagnostics and electronic prescriptions. For more information, visit midmarkclinicalsolutions.com or midmark.com.