In the ER, rapid action is sometimes a matter of life or death. This is only possible with current patient and departmental information. Where is the patient located? What is the patient's status? What does the treating physician need to consider? Through the visual display of the department on a map, the answer to these and other questions is clear at a glance, so the care provider sees exactly where they need to take action.
Maps displays departments, rooms and beds on a dynamic map. With colours and icons, there is a "live" display of which information is available and which actions the care providers must perform by department, patient or room. Through better insight into the care tasks, these can be performed faster and more simply. Colours indicate the triage of the patient or status of the bed. And icons indicate the use of medication, registered allergies or the availability of lab results. If the patient has sepsis, for example, this is indicated for the treating physician directly with an icon of an alarm, without them having to open the patient file.
Actions from the map
If the health care provider wants to open the file from the map add information or query data, it's possible at the touch of a button. And health care providers are actively supported and guided in the work process by the software. If the nurse selects a free bed on the map, they can directly admit the patient, and if lab results come in for a certain patient, this can be seen immediately on the map.
Gaining and keeping an overview
In the vast majority of important data, there is also the danger that the staff member is flooded with information that is not relevant to them at that time. The treating physician and nurse perform different tasks, and thus each has a need for different patient information. Different actions and data are required for each patient and situation. For this reason, the display of the information on the map is completely dependent on the user and the situation. The health care institution decides which
information from the EPD appear at the map at any time. In order to include more in the work process of the user, the map is also integrated into the CS-EZIS.Net so that it can be included in the worktop of the health care provider and is always rapidly accessible.
Complete picture of the ER
The visual display of the ER provides a representation of the actual situation so it is easier to see which care activities must still be performed and the team can be managed in a more targeted way. The treating physician rapidly has a complete picture of the department and despite the large amount of information in the ER, an overview is maintained. A solution with positive results for treating physician and patient.
Maps in the Westfriesgasthuis Hospital
The Westfriesgasthuis in Hoorn is the first hospital in the Netherlands that started using Maps throughout the hospital in the nursing departments. ICT advisor Ronald Woudstra: "The greatest added value is that important information is presented in a central way. Nurses get this information automatically. In addition, the system helps the nurses to remember that they must fill in certain data that is important for the quality of care.
Maps also helps the nurses in the provision of information to the family. Especially if a patient is having surgery, it is very easy to see how far the patient is along the care process and approximately when the patient is expected to be back in the department."
Deployability of Maps
Maps won the public award during the Zorg & ICT trade show in 2011 in the category "Work-saving technology". Maps is a widely usable tools that has already been proven in various departments. You could consider: nursing departments, the IC/OR, dialysis departments, radiology, outpatient clinics. A few possibilities are found below:
The beds in the department are displayed comprehensively on the Map. Nurses can see their tasks at a glance and immediately start them from the map. Important information, such as allergies or quarantine is immediately visible. In addition, it is possible for visitors to view a Map of the department without medical information, where they can quickly see where a patient is.
Via the map, it is easy to route a patient from the holding area to the OR, recovery and the department. Nurses that need to pick up a patient see directly where they are located. In addition, there are a number of options regarding the information to be displayed. Consider alerting which patient still needs a VAS score, where an infusion must be replaced, in which OR an emergency surgery is taking place or what the number of door movements in the OR is.
Dialysis departments can use the Map to display the chairs in the department. Here it is visible which nurse is linked to which patient and how long the treatment will still last. And the information displayed at the nursing departments, such as medication, are found here.
On the Map for radiology, it is clear which room the patient goes to. It is also visible per room who the patients called up are (instead of a usual list with all patients for all rooms).
Maps offers benefits for outpatient clinics as well. Many functional departments have the problem that it is not immediately visible which equipment is in which room, such as the mobile CTG of obstetrics. This can be seen in Maps at a glance.