Welch Allyn Connex® Clinical Surveillance System

Documenting vitals today costs more than you think.

Studies show that in a typical 200-bed hospital, manual documentation methods contribute to more than 10,000 errors* and consume more than 8,000 staff hours or $250,000 in lost productivity every year. When vitals are captured and recorded on a piece of paper for manual entry into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) later, it's easy to transcribe them incorrectly, enter them into the wrong patient's record—or never enter them at all.

And even if data is entered correctly, there's a delay between the time they're captured and actually posted into the EMR. This can make staff less efficient—and force physicians to delay clinical decisions, or make them without the latest information.

This compromises your investment in your EMR—and potentially puts patients and the facility at risk.

Connex® with Electronic Vitals Documentation is an end-to-end solution that wirelessly delivers accurate patient information from the bedside directly into the patient record in your Electronic Medical Record (EMR). This process:

  • Drastically reduces errors, delayed information or having the wrong information for your patients
  • Saves a significant time so clinicians can spend more time with their patients and less time on paperwork
  • Improves teamwork and staff satisfaction levels
  • Improves patient identification to minimize risk
  • Reduces litigation risks by accurate documentation
  • Gives clinicians immediate access to accurate patient information anytime, anywhere
  • Captures complete information at the point of care, including automatic measurements, manual parameters, and modifiers such as body position

See if Connex with Electronic Vitals is right for your facility.

Are vital signs ever documented incorrectly, with typing errors or readings entered for the wrong patient? 

Learn how an automated system of uploading vital signs “helped promote a culture of patient safety” by reducing error rates.

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Are patient changes ever missed, such as a sudden temperature spike or blood-pressure drop?

Incomplete vitals documentation often precedes adverse patient event.

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Do nurses complain that they didn’t hear about abnormal readings that were taken by others?

Learn more about the importance of vital signs—and communication between clinicians—in identifying patients’ deterioration.

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Do users spend a lot of time documenting and searching for vital signs data?

Wireless, automated vital sign documentation is not only more accurate than manual documentation, it saves significant time

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Do you ever hear user complaints about the vitals documentation process?

Manual data entry into an EMR adds complexity and extra steps to clinical workflow, resulting in decreased staff satisfaction and adoption of your EMR.

CONNEX® EVD SYSTEM SUCCESS STORIES

Erie County Medical Center

Location: Buffalo, NY  //  EMR Partner: Meditech Client Server  //  Profile: 550-bed regional facility

 
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CHALLENGE

Improve ECMC nursing productivity

RESULTS

Reduced vitals documentation time by 95%

 

"Patient care has improved, now that vitals assessments in the EMR are readily available to clinicians."

Dawn Walters,
Assistant Director of Nursing

Trinity Medical Center

Location: Steubenville, OH  //  EMR Partner: Meditech Magic  //  Profile: 470-bed facility in eastern Ohio

 
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CHALLENGE

Replace outdated manual vitals documentation system in new med/surg units

RESULTS

Saves 1,460 hours of labor per year on two floors (40 beds)

 

"We have improved vital signs accuracy, along with significant savings in nursing time."

Becky Piko, RN,
Clinical Manager

St. Joseph's Hospital

Location: Syracuse, NY  //  Profile: 430-bed medical care facility in Central NY state

 
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CHALLENGE

Compare accuracy and time efficiency of manual vital signs capture and documentation to an automated system

RESULTS

Decreased errors
by 75%

 

"We found that the system saved time and was more accurate than manual documentation methods."

Meg Meccariello and Jennifer Johnstone, RN MS

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Connex with Electronic Vitals Documentation—improving patient safety and reducing your risk

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Meeting the Joint Commission's National Safety Goals:

  • "Improve the accuracy of patient identification"
  • "Enhance the effectiveness of communication among caregivers"
  • "Reduce the risk of health care-associated infections"
  • "Improve recognition and response to changes in a patient's condition"
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Meeting stringent HIPAA patient privacy requirements:

The broad privacy rule protects all individually identifiable patient information, whether contained in electronic, paper, or oral communications—and provides a daunting challenge for hospitals to comply.

Connex is designed to address these issues:

  • Two-way communication can automatically verify patient ID
  • Automating vitals capture provides immediate, accurate information to all staff anytime, anywhere
  • Devices, stand, and accessories designed to minimize infection risk
  • Immediate access to accurate data speeds and enhances clinical decisions

Access more information on Connex Vitals Management Software including specifications, configurations and how to purchase.


*Calculations based on these sources; sample calculations available upon request. 1. Computers, Informatics, Nursing: September/October 2009 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - pp 318-323, Connected Care: Reducing Errors Through Automated Vital Signs Data Upload, SMITH, LAURA B. MSN, RN; et al. 2. Automated Vital Sign Documentation for Medical Surgical Units: Saving Time and Increasing Accuracy: Fact or Fairytale? Meg Meccariello RN MS, Jennifer Johnstone RN MS, Presented at The Nursing Management Congress 2008 Las Vegas, NV. 3. Vital signs measurement frequency estimates from Lippincott's Textbook for Nursing Assistants: A Humanistic Approach to Caregiving" Pamela J. Carter - 2007 Page 292. 4. Hospital beds (most recent) by country estimates from NationMaster.com, http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_hos_bed-health-hospital-beds 5. Population, Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division.

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