Dec 29, 2022
Lisbeth Votruba, Chief Clinical Officer at AvaSure, reflects on the challenges for nurses and hospitals in these times of nursing shortages, burnout, and expedited retirements. The AvaSure solutions provide virtual nursing, safety monitoring, and expert virtual nursing to monitor critically ill and high-acuity patients. Experienced nurses and those trained as virtual nurses embrace this solution as a way to care for patients while supporting the efficient use of hospital resources for bedside care.
Lisbeth explains, "The first model that I'll talk about is the Telesitter® solution, which supports nurses indirectly. This involves using mobile devices or sometimes fixed cameras with really amazing audio in patient rooms. We are using that to keep patients safe, prevent falls, prevent elopement. This also was used to protect nurses from COVID because patients were ripping off their oxygen masks because they were confused and reminding them to put their masks back on again."
"Prior to this revolution in virtual patient monitoring in the hospital setting, the only thing that hospitals could think to do was assign one-to-one what they called "sitters" to confused or at-risk patients. So 5% of the hospital census would have a staff member, not a nurse, a nursing assistant sitting 24/7, watching them and trying to keep them safe physically. The Telesitter® solution allows one remote, trained staff member to monitor 12 to 16 patients, interacting with them, talking to them, and sometimes needing to use alarms to keep them safe. That frees up that bedside staff to be back out helping the rest of the care unit."
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