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More Quiet and Better Overview throughout the ICU

Support Mobile Workflows and Alert Nursing Staff in a Targeted Fashion with DAKSmed and DAKS-Communicator

More Quiet and Better Overview throughout the ICU

Support Mobile Workflows and Alert Nursing Staff in a Targeted Way

Patients in intensive care units need to be under constant surveillance. But since the caregivers have to look after more than one patient at a time, they need to be made aware when their action is required via acoustic alarms from the various patient monitors and other medical devices. This multitude of alarms causes frequent interruptions in their workflow, which over time can lead to mental overload and even a certain desensitization ('alarm fatigue').

With DAKSmed, the alarms are distributed to the DAKS-Communicator devices of assigned caregivers in a targeted manner. As a result, DAKS-Communicator enables the nursing staff to better discern the individual alarms, empowering them to evaluate when and where their immediate action is required, and then either react accordingly themselves or forward the task to another person. In doing so, and with its high wearability and its ability to be operated with one hand while staying in the breast pocket or on the belt, DAKS-Communicator allows for a far more uninterrupted workflow.

The Solution with DAKS

Her patient needs constant monitoring.

Recovering from recent heart surgery, Mrs. Kirkland still suffers from acute cardiac arrhythmias.

In order to keep a close eye on her status, nurse Irene was assigned to her specifically, nurse Clara acting as her deputy.

Wherever she is – she receives every alarm relevant to her.

In the course of the morning, Mrs. Kirkland's palpitating heart causes a series of alarms. These are transmitted to nurse Irene's DAKS-Communicator in a targeted way, letting her see directly in the display the origin and the exact type of each individual alarm.

Thanks to her Communicator, she doesn't need to always stay in close proximity of her patient, leaving her free to tend to other tasks in the meantime.

She has many patients – and everything under control.

A couple of rooms down the hall, an ECG electrode has come off due to the fitful sleep of Mr. Carlson. This sets off an acoustic alarm on the Communicator she is wearing in her breast pocket.

A technical alarm message is shown on the easily readable top-side display: „Electrode off“, giving her a clear identification of her patient. Nurse Irene knows that this can wait for a brief moment, so she might finish the preparation of today's medication.

She knows exactly when and where action is required.

Soon after that, Mr. Carlson's movements cause more electrodes to fall off. A cardiac alarm is raised. This time she hears an announcement coming from her Communicator: "Attention! High-priority alarm!", also showing her the appropriate message in the display.

So nurse Irene postpones the rest of the preparation until later and instead heads directly for Mr. Carlson's room.

But what if she is currently tied up?

While she is correctly reattaching the electrodes on Mr. Carlsons body, she receives another medium-priority alarm from Mrs. Kirkland's patient monitor, in the form of an alarm announcement and a corresponding text message in the display.

But since she is already busy taking care of Mr. Carlson's loose electrodes, she would like to refer the alarm to her deputy, nurse Clara. So, using one hand, she presses the easily accessible red key to decline.

DAKS simply forwards the task to another nurse.

With this, the alarm is instantly forwarded to nurse Clara, who at this time is busy filling in a form. She immediately hurries to Mrs. Kirkland, taking over care of the patient.

Nurse Irene doesn't need to interrupt her tending to one of her patients, nor does she need to weigh priorities. Instead, without once having to take the device out of her pocket, she can quickly and effectively refer the task to her colleague.

So her patients are always well cared for.

Shortly after that, nurse Irene's Communicator indicates an incoming call. While the communicator is still in her pocket, she can see on the display that the call is coming from nurse Klara. She takes the device out and accepts the call by pressing a key. Nurse Clara reports that Mrs. Kirkland's heart rate has stabilized.

Nurse Irene feels reassured, and thanks to the uninterrupted workflow she is almost done reattaching Mr. Carlson's electrodes. This way, she can go right back to preparing the medication, finishing it right in time before breakfast.

Your Benefits

The quality of your care services is increased
  • Relevant alarms to specifically assigned caregivers help reduce the risk of mental overload and desensitization.
  • Your patients are better cared for, help is delivered more quickly to them.
  • The satisfaction of your patients and their relatives with the overall quality of care is increased.
Your costs are reduced
  • Your caregivers can monitor the status of multiple patients at the same time, without the need to stay in close proximity.
  • Your nursing staff can work more efficiently, more attentively, more focused, and more autonomously.
  • DAKSmed helps reduce the stress level of your nursing personnel, effectively lowering sickness rates, absenteeism, and staff fluctuation.

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