Author: Miranda

Decreasing falls and cutting costs in the LTACH setting

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare reveals inspiring results with the TeleSitter® solution

During AvaSure’s Digital Summit, Henry C. Hrdlicka, PhD, Director of Research, Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation presented recent findings from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s TeleSitter® program. Watch here.

Inpatient falls are a universal safety concern in healthcare facilities, and their consequences can be devastating. This is especially a concern in the LTACH setting where individual risk is increased by anticipated longer lengths of stay & early and frequent encouragement of patient mobility. Up until now, 1:1 patient sitters have been the primary option for ensuring patient safety, however, staffing 1:1 sitters is a costly solution that can pull much needed hands from the bedside.

“Often the demand for 1:1 sitters outpaces staff availability. This accrues a massive financial burden on any institution. These factors have been further exacerbated due to ongoing national staffing shortages as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. This led us to the conclusion that an alternative needed to be found.”

Henry C. Hrdlicka, PhD, Director of Research, Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit healthcare system, embarked on a study to assess the impact of continuous virtual monitoring on inpatient falls and 1:1 sitter usage. In partnership with the Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation, the study was carried out at Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH), in Connecticut. The results of this research not only demonstrated a profound impact on patient safety but also revealed a promising opportunity for significant cost savings that can benefit healthcare facilities across the board.

AvaSure Virtual Classroom Series: Virtual Nursing 101

Are you thinking about implementing virtual nursing but are not sure where to start? Or have you tried out things that don’t quite meet your objectives?

AvaSure virtual classroom

Are you thinking about implementing virtual nursing but are not sure where to start? Or have you tried out things that don’t quite meet your objectives? You aren’t alone!

Join AvaSure Chief Clinical Officer, Lisbeth Votruba, MSN, RN as she will help you navigate your program and how to get started in a 6-part educational series. Lisbeth is a pioneering nurse executive committed to continuous improvement of healthcare and the diffusion of new technologies to drive patient and staff safety. She was selected as a participant at the recent Medical Surgical Nursing Certification Board task force meeting to develop a certification for the Virtual Nursing position and for nearly 15 years, she has worked extensively with our 1,000+ hospitals in standing up their virtual care platforms to help optimize labor forces, improve the quality of patient care and drive staff satisfaction & retention.

This free, six-part series will take place the last Thursday of each month featuring Lisbeth along with special guests and experts. Lisbeth will cover key topics, lessons learned from ongoing programs and audience questions.

Session 1: The Role of the Virtual Nurse | Watch On-Demand

Featuring Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN, CAE, CEO of Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses

Thursday, March 23rd at 12 p.m.

  1. Learn about the role of the virtual nurse and what was involved in the creation of the MSNCB Role Certification from two task force members.
  2. Understanding competencies to look for when hiring a virtual nurse and how to recruit for this role without taking away from bedside staff or further exacerbating staffing challenges.

Session 2: Introducing the Clinical Resource TeleNurse™ Model – What is it and How Can it Help? Watch On-Demand

Featuring Wayde Batt, MSN, NEA-BC, BC-RN, Patient Services Manager, NSICU / Virtual Nursing, UNC Health Rex and Laura Gartner DNP, MS, RN, RN-BC, NEA-BC , Director Clinical Informatics, Jefferson Health

Thursday, April 27th at 12 p.m.

  1. This model of virtual nursing focuses on offloading documentation and administrative burden from bedside teams, helping to optimize your labor force and deliver elevated patient care
  2. In this session, learn what’s driving the need for this nursing model, areas of focus and hear best practices from those who’ve already piloted
  3. Discover early outcomes from those already using this model to help reduce discharge time, increase patient & staff satisfaction and optimize outcomes

Session 3: Building a Virtual Nursing Business Case Watch On-Demand

Thursday, May 25th at 12 p.m.

  1. Learn how to partner clinical and IT resources to build a business case for virtual nursing
  2. Identify key metrics to use as goals & benchmarks for your program
  3. Get best practices for setting up an initial pilot & how to sell your leadership team on starting a program

Session 4: Introducing The Expert Oversight Telenurse™ Model: What Is It & How Can It Help? Watch On-Demand

Thursday, June 22nd at 12 p.m.

  1. This model of virtual nursing focuses on retaining an experienced nurse to oversee a cohort of complex patients, monitoring for early signs of adverse patient events, mentoring novice nurses and providing support to bedside care teams
  2. In this session, learn what’s driving the need for this nursing model, areas of focus and hear best practices from those who’ve already piloted
  3. Discover early outcomes from those already using this model to help detect adverse events sooner and drive satisfaction in nursing staff, especially novice team members

Session 5: Selecting The Right Technology Partner For Virtual Nursing Watch On-Demand

Thursday, July 27th at 12 p.m.

  1. Once you’ve sold your teams on virtual nursing, picking the right partner is essential
  2. Learn criteria to use to select the right partner for program success & what requirements should guide your decision
  3. Understand how technology will impact your program and details around emerging trends towards AI/Machine Learning, Camera-in-every-room and more

Session 6: Starting & Scaling Your Virtual Nurse Program Watch On-Demand

Thursday, August 24th at 12 p.m.

  1. Once you’ve decided to kickoff, learn best practices around developing your initial pilot and kickstarting your program
  2. Learn how to scale and grow your program over time

Join us to discover everything you need to know to start your virtual nursing program, no matter what stage you’re at. Want to kickstart your learning? Read our blog on a roadmap to developing a virtual nursing program before the first session. This will be an interactive session, so we encourage you to join us on-camera and with questions based on your unique facilities challenges!

Want to learn more about our virtual nursing solutions? Explore here.