COVID-19 placed more stress on an already stressed nursing staff
During the peak of COVID-19, nurses had to gown-, glove-, and mask-up before entering a patient’s room to provide needed care. However, as total positive COVID-19 cases climbed, patients’ morbidity and mortality escalated, and workforce demands for personal protective equipment (PPE) and high-acuity staffing exponentially increased, leaders at every admitting hospital quickly realized the impact on an already stressed nursing workforce.
This was when many turned to patient-engaged video surveillance (PEVS) for continuous patient observation in hospitals. PEVS is an interactive form of video surveillance whereby trained staff can monitor multiple patients simultaneously.
In order to gain insight into medical-surgical nurses’ use of PEVS to meet care demands of high-acuity patients, Quigley, et al, set out to answer the following 4 questions:
What the Answers Revealed
Nurses quickly expanded their ability to observe, interact with, and engage patients, confirming the value of remote patient monitoring
It should be noted that the average timeliness of alarm response to the COVID-19 patients was 35.4 seconds, which is 16.4 seconds longer than for patients who were not in isolation. This time difference can be attributed to the time it took staff to apply personal protective equipment before entering the patient room.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, remote safety monitoring enabled nursing staff to quickly expand their ability to observe, interact with, and engage with patients. The impact of monitoring further confirms the value of investing in proven technology at the point of care. As such, the safety net provided by the integration of remote safety monitoring must be expanded. As experts and leaders in patient care management, nurses deserve hospital administrators who invest in proven technology that is value-added and effective.
Remote safety monitoring provides workflow efficiencies because 1 safety attendant can watch up to 16 patients simultaneously instead of the traditional practice of 1:1 sitters
Solutions that address the nursing shortage—like remote patient monitoring— should be used to transform care delivery and enhance workflow, satisfaction, and confidence, while assuring patient safety, confidentiality, and privacy.