Date: June 24, 2021
Caring for children in the inpatient setting presents unique challenges. Like adults, kids can misuse medication devices, elope from the hospital and sustain injuries from falls, but their needs are different and require additional attention by nurses. More than ever, young patients have behavioral health problems ranging from eating disorders to major depressive episodes, a situation made worse by the pandemic. Providing one-to-one care for this patient cohort is costly, ineffective and resource intensive.
We heard from nurse leaders at a children’s hospital and an acute-care hospital on how remote safety monitoring has succeeded in reducing adverse events for pediatric and adolescent patients while reducing stress on families and caregivers.
- Jamie Clendenin, BSN, RN-BC, Supervisor, Nursing Operations, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md.
- Melanie Lee, MSN, RN, CPN, Clinical Director, Pediatric Emergency and Inpatient Unit, Anne Arundel Medical Center
- Ashleigh Nurski, MSN, RN, ACCNS-P, CPN Clinical Nurse Specialist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Stacey Overholt, MBA, BSN, RN, Director of Clinical Sales, AvaSure