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running, but battery life is never a factor with the tablets. “When docked, the tablets are charging, and the clinicians never have to worry about losing power.”

“The ability to document photos takes the process from words to something more visible,” Torres says. “Now, the nurses take one device into the patient’s room, snap the photo and immediately upload it to the patient’s chart – there’s no printing or scanning involved, meaning we save time and costs.”

Battling hospital-acquired pressure ulcers “It’s critical that everything be documented appropriately,”

Torres says. “Currently, we use a risk-assessment scale upon admission to evaluate the potential for pressure ulcers to develop. If a patient is at risk when they fi rst arrive, we take photos of skin areas where breakdowns most often occur and of any wounds that are present.” With the Motion Tablet PC-enabled photo documentation process in place, EJGH has drastically reduced hospital- acquired pressure ulcers, which has a signifi cant fi nancial impact. Additionally, caring for patients with wounds is more effi cient for physicians and enterostomal therapy (ET) nurse specialists, as they can view the image of the wound prior to the initial visit in order to decide on treatment options and bring needed supplies. ET nurses also report that the wound images help them prioritize which patients are most in need when they have long lists of patients to see. PHOTO COURTESY MOTION COMPUTING

A nurse updates her patient’s data on the Motion C5v Tablet PC.

“When we started the project, the pilot nursing unit dropped to zero hospital-acquired pressure ulcers within the fi rst month, and that is maintained as long as compliance with taking wound images for at-risk patients is consistent,” says Torres.

Most importantly, EJGH’s patients benefi t from the nurses’ ability to catch pressure ulcers sooner and moni- tor them closely, meaning faster enhanced treatment. The tablets help the hospital deliver on its mission of providing patients with the highest quality care while streamlining workfl ows.

Looking forward In the near future, EJGH plans to reintroduce the C5v

Tablet PCs for medication administration. Using the tablet’s integrated barcode scanner, nurses can scan a patient’s I.D. wristband as well as the barcode on the medication itself to ensure the right patient, medication, dose, route and time for that medication administration. “The use of a small mobile device like the C5v Tablet PC, instead of pushing a COW to the room for single medication administration, such as non- scheduled, ‘as-needed’ PRN medications, will help increase medication-scanning compliance, therefore improving patient safety,” says Torres. “The Motion Tablet PCs help increase effi ciency, accuracy and reduce risk across the board, and it’s the patients that benefi t the most,” Torres says.

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