Top Five Technologies in Nursing Summary
Automated Intravenous Pumps
Experts have developed these pumps to regulate the dosages and drip rate of parenteral drugs administered specifically by the intravenous route. Through special software, the nurse is able to adjust the drip rate and quantities so that patients do not have to wait for the changes to be made manually. These pumps can provide immediate adjustments in cases that demand so thus root out human errors that may arise during manual adjustment (Zaborowski, 2021). Automated Intravenous Pumps give nurses the freedom and flexibility to focus on other duties assigned to them.
Through portable monitors, nurses are able to check up on the progress of their patients remotely as they run around other activities. These monitors are able to assess vital signs like the oxygen saturations, ECG and respiratory rates and transmit the information to a central monitor. In the event of any emergencies, the nurses get notified immediately (Shahadi et al., 2021 Top Five Technologies in Nursing Summary). Traditionally, nurses are tasked with checking on these vitals at regular intervals. However, with these monitors, the nurses’ job is made easier as they get the updates at the right time even when they are occupied elsewhere. The patients are thus under constant monitor making the quality of healthcare they receive top notch.
Smart beds play a role closely related to the monitors. Through the smart bed technology, nurses are able to track weight changes, vital signs and movements. Smart beds ensure the patients are safe and enjoy comfort even in long hospitalization periods. Smart beds are able to cut down on the cases of patients falling and sustaining injuries thus assuring their safety (Ghersi et al., 2018). The smart beds have constant monitors that provide the nurse updates on patient’s activities. Through this technology it is possible to identify patterns that can be critical in making new diagnosis and understanding conditions that are least understood in clinical practice.
Electronic Health Records
This is a system that is now facing off the traditional pen and paper recording system. Electronic health records enable nurses to document the treatment modalities they administer to the patients. Retrieval of information stored under electronic health record is much easier in comparison to the traditional filing system. Information that has been stored in computer databases can be retrieved by the nurse, other departments within the health facility as well as the recipient of the care (Schenk et al., 2018). Security and privacy concerns have always been a challenge associated with electronic health records. However, HIPPA laws have been developed to ensure security and privacy of electronic records maintained by healthcare organizations.
Wearable devices are used hand in hand with mobile phone applications in revolutionizing the healthcare industry. Such devices are able to take into account heart rates, sleep, exercise as well as respiration rates. Increased accessibility to smartphones has benefitted nurses as they use mobile apps in the care of patients. For instance, Steth IO smartphone stethoscope allows the nurse to use their mobile phones to assess the breathing sounds and heart rates. The use of a phone may create a less tense environment for patients. These devices eliminate human errors that might be made by nurses in their practice (Dalabeeh & Al-hawari, 2019). These devices and mobile phone applications enable faster data capture enabling both the patients and nurses track health outcomes.
References for Top Five Technologies in Nursing Summary
Dalabeeh, R., & Al-hawari, W. (2019). Applications of Wearable Technology in Healthcare. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications (IJSRP), 9(8), p9254. https://doi.org/10.29322/ijsrp.9.08.2019.p9254
Ghersi, I., Mariño, M., & Miralles, M. (2018). Smart medical beds in patient-care environments of the twenty-first century: a state-of-art survey. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12911-018-0643-5
Schenk, E., Schleyer, R., Jones, C., Fincham, S., Daratha, K., & Monsen, K. (2018). Impact of Adoption of a Comprehensive Electronic Health Record on Nursing Work and Caring Efficacy. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 36(7), 366-366. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ncn.0000542471.35832.7e
Shahadi, H., Kadhim, M., Almeyali, N., & Hadi, A. (2021). Design and Implementation of a Smart, Interactive and Portable System for Monitoring of Human Vital Signs. Jurnal Ilmiah Teknik Elektro Komputer Dan Informatika, 7(1), 30. https://doi.org/10.26555/jiteki.v7i1.20209
Zaborowski, K. (2021). Efficacy of Smart Infusion Pumps from a Nursing Perspective [Ebook]. University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Retrieved 12 July 2021, from.