You’d be surprised to learn the amount spent on medical costs as a result of patient falls in the United States is a whopping $50 billion a year*, and this number can be expected to continue increasing as the population ages. A bigger cause for concern, however, is that falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury and the seventh leading cause of death in the elderly*. For reasons like these, many healthcare guidelines recommend bedside shift report (BSR) and hourly rounding (HR). Due to staffing shortages, increasing nursing home admissions, and lack of practical and valuable solutions, it is nearly impossible for nursing staff to have eyes on their patients and residents at all times, but now more than ever, it is necessary. Nurse surveillance is indispensable, and it is essential to identify a solution that will reduce the burden on healthcare workers.
Dr. Carolyn J. Sun recently published a study in Journal of Informatics Nursing in association with Jeffrey Morelli, Alan Levin, Columbia University of Nursing, Hunter College, and NYP Queens, that explores the effects of integrated technology like Inspiren’s AUGi in improving nurse surveillance and subsequent patient outcomes. AUGi is an automated patient monitoring system invented by nurses. With the unique combination of computer vision, Artificial Intelligence, advanced room environmental sensors and IoT connectivity, the wall-mounted device continually observes nurse and patient activity at the bedside.
For this study, published by American Nursing Informatics Association, data was collected over 5 months capturing the activities of 93 nurses. The paper shows that such a technology would be useful in helping nurses stay on top of clinical protocols. After AUGi was installed, BSR increased from 3% to 41.9% of possible occurrences, and nurses completed HR in 77% of the opportunities as compared to 35.1% of the instances earlier*.
The study also goes on to state that AUGi could also help nurse managers make decisions on care intensity and staff allocation as AUGi collects and analyzes data in real-time. The platform can help uncover sleep patterns, bathroom visit frequency, mobility quality and general room activity through computer vision technology. Additionally, falls per patient day decreased on both intervention units from 2.41 to 0.59 and from 3.83 to 2.38, and there was an improvement in patient satisfaction during the course of the study.
At Inspiren, we designed AUGi to eliminate burdensome and repetitive manual documentation to ensure clinicians are not torn between charting and caring. Our aim is to empower our healthcare workers with timely and apt information, and create a positive work environment for the staff and timely care of patients.
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*Sun C, Fu, C., Morelli, J., Levin, A. Improving Bedside Shift Report and Hourly Rounding Using Remote Surveillance. Journal of Informatics Nursing 2021;6(2):16-22.