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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).

ViSi Tip - Transporting Patient Off of a Unit

Care delivered during transport and at the site of diagnostic testing or procedure should be equivalent to the level of care provided in the originating environment. Here are some tips to make the monitoring of the patient while utilizing ViSi Mobile, seamless. 

ViSi Tip - Ambient Light

Ambient light occurs when an external light interferes with the optical sensor of a pulse oximeter. To prevent any issues with the ViSi Mobile thumb sensor, follow these steps.

How ViSi Mobile Helps Reduce the Occurrence of Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers, or bedsores are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue that can develop over hours or even days. These ulcers occur when bony areas of the body have prolonged contact with an external surface, such as a bed, causing pressure and decreased blood flow to the area, leading to necrosis of the skin. Even though pressure ulcers are adverse events that are considered avoidable or preventable, they continue to be a problem. ViSi Mobile can help.

How ViSi Mobile Reduces Alarm Fatigue With Smart Alarms

The Visi Mobile System assists with alarm management and reduces alarms in care units by focusing on only actionable, Smart Alarms.

What is HCAHPS and How ViSi Impacts It

By introducing ViSi Mobile into your hospital, staff can not only impact patient safety, save the hospital money by reducing events such as pressure ulcers and unanticipated deaths, the incorporation of ViSi Mobile surveillance monitoring can also help improve nursing workflow and VBP reimbursement. 

Improving Nursing Workflow with ViSi Mobile

ViSi Mobile is an extremely useful tool for not only providing continuous vital sign monitoring but also for improving nursing workflow.

ViSi Mobile is Comfortable (video)

The patient in this video shares his experience with ViSi Mobile on his wrist and thumb and describes how much more comfortable it is, reveling at how much more comfortable he feels just having his thumb free. It wirelessly monitors all of his vitals so that he can move more freely while continuously being monitored.

ViSi Mobile Allows Patient to Sleep Comfortably in Hospital

Patient, Anastasia Sant Augustine, shared her experience with ViSi Mobile at Palomar Medical Center where she was recovering after a car accident in San Diego, CA. She was able to sleep more comfortably because the system was able to monitor her vital signs wirelessly, and she was able to get the rest she needed to recover.

What is Atrial Fibrillation and How ViSi Mobile Detects It

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approximately 795,000 patients suffer from stroke4 annually in the United States, 87% of which are ischemic5 with 14-30% of those being cardioembolic in nature6. A 2019 article published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences estimated the total cost of stroke including costs associated with underemployment and premature death at 103.5 billion US dollars7.