Patient rounding is a core element of professional nursing care. It provides a focused opportunity to make direct observations and to respond to any changes in the patient’s condition. With greater workloads, higher-acuity case-mix and more complex care protocols the cognitive burden facing nurses at the point-of-care has steadily increased. Nurses complete an average of 72 tasks per hour* and are required to continuously make decisions about the patients in their care.
KEWS300 markedly eases the demands of patient rounding: reducing task-time, avoiding repetitive data-entry, eliminating many common errors, improving protocol adherence and providing the nurse with invaluable decision-support for ‘next steps’ and escalations in care.
The system can be customised to incorporate hospital-specific protocols and prompts and can be programmed to calculate any scoring system in local use.
By working in conjunction with the existing ward-based vital-sign monitors it means that staff continue to use the equipment that they know and trust.
*Westbrook et al: How much time do nurses have for patients? A longitudinal study quantifying hospital nurses’ patterns of task time distribution and interactions with health professionals. BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:319