Nemours Children’s turn to Zebra touch computers to aid nurses

The approach is routing requests through a clinical logistics center to help reduce alarm fatigue.

Nemours Children’s Health System has selected clinical mobility software to improve patient care and efficiency, while reducing alarm fatigue.

The organization has integrated touch computers from Zebra Technologies and integrated mobile healthcare communication tools from Voalte into the electronic health record systems to enable paramedics in its clinical logistics center to more effectively monitor patients and communicate with Nemours nurses and staff at its campuses in Delaware and Florida.

The clinical logistics center at Nemours is a new approach to patient care—it’s staffed by trained paramedics to monitor the health of 250 patients at both locations, while also managing alarm escalations and communicating with patients when needed. Paramedics can communicate quickly with almost 700 providers through the Zebra touch computers.

“We choose Zebra’s touch computer because it offers significantly more capabilities than consumer smartphones,” says James Schnatterer, clinical applications manager at Nemours. “The Zebra mobile computer is a durable, hospital-grade device that is easy to clean and disinfect. It provides better performance and battery life for a full shift, which is critical to our staff.”

Paramedics in the clinical logistics center monitor alarms and forward only critical alerts to nurses’ Zebra mobile computers, saving Nemours about $6 per patient per day. Further, alarm fatigue has been lessened for nurses who no longer have to track false alarms, which accounted for 20 percent of critical alerts they previously received. Mobile computers also are used to improve the efficiency of room turnovers.

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