Truman Medical Centers are comprised of 51 clinics, including two inpatient facilities and a level-one trauma center. To serve the half a million annual visits they receive, nursing staff members previously carried five devices to do their jobs.
Today, the nurses carry the TC51-HC mobile computer equipped with CareAware Connect to deliver more efficient and effective bedside care. The staff identified significant time-saving benefits from the deployment of the TC51-HC, which allows caregivers more time to focus on their patients. Nurses are taking 48% fewer steps than prior to implementing CareAware Connect on the TC51-HC. Also, time spent disinfecting communication equipment has decreased from 10 minutes to one minute.
By replacing the “nurse toolbelt” (pagers, cameras, laptops and scanning devices) with the TC51-HC mobile computer and CareAware Connect, caregivers can communicate with physicians, family members and other healthcare staff, pull up patient records and critical data and capture high-quality pictures of wounds or other medical issues, all without leaving the patient’s bedside.
The TC51-HC helps reduce the risk of medical errors by supporting multiple patient safety applications. Nurses can scan patient identification wristbands to validate medication administration, collect specimens, track mother’s milk and ensure patients receive the right blood type prior to a transfusion.
“Zebra’s TC51-HC mobile computers have transformed the workflow of the bedside nurse by putting a safeguard in each of their hands, which can help reduce medical errors,” said Amy Peters, CNO, Truman Medical Centers. “Our caregivers can now better focus on the patient and their needs because CareAware Connect has provided them with better visibility into their operations and allows them on-demand access to relevant patient information.”