New point-of-care calculator expands custom data entry to help
improve patient safety and clinical decision-making at the bedside and
maximize existing device investment
“The availability of a bedside scoring app for existing Connex VSM customers gives them an immediate, point-of-care patient assessment tool that can be customized to meet facility protocols,” said
The Scoring App can be used for more than EWS. Hospitals can configure it to match other scoring protocols such as sepsis scores, fall risk assessments, pressure ulcer risk scores and any other calculation that needs to be done quickly at the bedside and provide care guidance right on the device. For example, this guidance can help clinicians recognize factors such as when the patient may require continuous monitoring using features such as Microstream® end-tidal carbon dioxide technology from
The Connex Scoring App builds on the device parameters and customizable data fields of the Connex VSM, which also captures automatic measurements such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and pulse oximetry (SpO2). Standard manual parameters include fields such as respiration, height, weight and pain level, but can be expanded to allow capture of nearly any data the hospital would like to document at the point-of-care, such as consciousness level, intakes and outputs, or other details used in the hospital’s score. When used as part of the Welch Allyn Connex® Clinical Surveillance System (CSS) the device can wirelessly transfer the data to a wide range of electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Medical charting is automated and data becomes immediately available to clinical staff to help improve decision-making and patient outcomes.
“As hospitals struggle to remain competitive in the new healthcare system, they’ll need every advantage to deliver enhanced patient care at lower cost,” said
As part of the Welch Allyn Connex CSS, the vitals documentation process becomes automated—reducing manual steps and potential delays and the errors that go with them. The addition of the Connex Scoring App allows users to document accurate patient data from the bedside—giving clinicians instant access to patient data anytime, anywhere and allows them to identify abnormal vital signs more quickly. It also allows for remote device configuration, sent directly to the Connex VSM via the hospital’s network, to help quickly deploy new device settings and protocols without investing in a new device.
“The list of upgrades for the Connex VSM is impressive,” added Linquest. “New upgradeable features like the Scoring App help keep existing devices up to date with the latest technologies—providing hospitals the opportunity to maximize their investment, gain efficiencies and reduce risk.”
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Since 1915 Welch Allyn has brought a unique perspective to developing diagnostic solutions by combining pragmatic knowledge with a visionary spirit of innovation and ongoing improvement. As a leading global manufacturer of physical examination instruments and accessories and EMR-connected vital signs and cardiac monitoring solutions, the company has a steadfast commitment to delivering superlative medical products, services and solutions that help healthcare professionals provide better care for their patients. Welch Allyn is headquartered in
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