November 9, 2021
ViSi Mobile Smart Tip - Corrosion
Corrosion is most often caused by improper cleaning or drying of the devices. Corrosion is visible along the edge of the contacts. The greenish discoloration and white residue are indicators of corrosion. Nursing personnel are responsible for the cleaning of patient care equipment, abiding by manufacturer recommendations. Patient care equipment such as blood pressure cuffs, O2 saturation monitors, etc. are cleaned once daily or after patient use as indicated.
November 2, 2021
ViSi Mobile Smart Tip - Radiology
If the patient’s vital signs are monitored with Visi Mobile, the chest sensor should be removed from the chest securements if it will interfere with the quality of imaging of chest CT scans, chest X-rays, etc. To remove, lift the chest sensor out of the chest securement. There is no need to remove the clear plastic securement from the patient’s chest or arm if you intend to add ViSi Mobile back onto the patient after their scan.
October 4, 2021
When COVID-19 Strikes Your Hospital
As a hospitalist on the front lines of COVID-19, I know firsthand how the homeostasis of a hospital is altered when community cases of COVID-19 increase. For example, emergency departments immediately enact novel pathways and protocols for triage, evaluation, and admission (1). Hospitals begin to assess and enhance inpatient capacity, often by opening units not traditionally used for general medical care (for example, postoperative care units) as COVID-19–designated areas (2). Additional tactics, such as decreasing elective surgical cases, merging specialized intensive care units (ICUs), and offering staff moonlighting opportunities to increase critical care capacity, are also pursued. And in short order, hospital command centers spring up to monitor patient flow, streamline communication, and coordinate activities ranging from patient visitation policies to media releases (3).