Amplion Alert allows nurses and other hospital-based caregivers to quickly respond to the care needs of their patients. Using text messages, the system allows the nurse to become aware and accept responsibility for the care request or request assistance. After care has been delivered, Care Confirmation occurs, by pressing one button in the patient’s room.
The result is a simple, easy-to-use system that allows hospitals to manage clinical workflow.
Alarm notification for medical devices including ventilators, Bi-PAP, pulse oximeters, IV pumps, fall pads, smart beds, telemetry and other server-based alarm collection systems.
Reminders for routine tasks such as rounding, turns, pain assessment, vitals, physical therapy and any other scheduled task.
Nurse Call requests are relayed by unit secretary or received directly from nurse call system. The message platform allows specific requests that save time for nurses. Plus, the design of our standardized messages allows for specific and appropriate escalation protocols.
Notifications from Hospital’s EMR platform provide important information including STAT lab results available, when discharge approval has been posted and early warning messages based on a composition of patient’s physiological data.
Assignments + Escalations
The system understands patient assignments and the message platform directs specific messages to the right caregiver. Medication needs are sent to RNs and requests for blankets or toileting are sent to aides.
Of course, the initial staff member is not always able to respond, so Amplion’s escalation will find a qualified caregiver who can assist the patient in a timely way.
Finally, since each transaction is recorded in Amplion’s database and nurse call requests use a large number of specific standardized messages, the reporting by the system is unmatched. Request sample reports.
Hospitals need appropriate escalation to protect patients. Clinical staff needs to be aggressive with escalations for ventilators and fall pads, although filtering will still help with those alarms. Pulse oximeters, on the other hand, do not need as aggressive a path.
Amplion’s system also features the alarm notification on a large display monitor in the nurses’ station, so there is visibility and accountability among the clinical team.
The end result of effective filtering and escalation is greater focus on a much smaller number of alarms — exactly what is needed for hospital staff and their patients.
Alarm management is challenging. Alarms are noisy, hard to locate, not always important, sometimes life threatening and there are just too many of them.
Amplion Alert helps you manage alarms.
Before we send any alarm message, we work closely with your clinical staff to decide which messages should be sent and when.
When an alarm message is sent, we send the room number and the alarming event directly to the assigned caregiver.
As a result, when a caregiver receives an alarm message, they know it is their patient and feel reasonably confident it is a real alarm, so they feel the need to respond.
To support your clinical leadership as they decide which alarms should be communicated to caregivers, Amplion Alert presents comprehensive data on self-cancellation times for each type of alarm.
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Illustrated here is an example of improved alarm management with Amplion Alert.
Amplion collected data across thirty 36-hour weeks and we reduced the management of 5,000 alarms to 700, with an average of 167 Bi-PAP alarms every shift. Filtering out alarms that self-canceled within six seconds took that number to 23 alarms per shift.
Connecting the alarms to the right caregivers is critical. These were Bi-PAP alarms, so they required an RN or an RT.
Assuming an average of 11 RN/RTs, this meant each caregiver got about two Bi-PAP alarm messages per shift. So, instead of hearing 167 messages and not knowing if the alarm was real or for their patient, each RN/RT got two messages that they knew were for their patient and that were likely to be important.
This is great information when your duty is to manage alarms.
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All the data from the alarm messages and responses is recorded in a database and made easily accessible on our advanced reporting platform. Your alarm reports will be the envy of your hospital.
More importantly, Amplion’s technology shows where your hospital is doing an excellent job of patient care, where improvement is needed and the most efficient ways to make that happen.