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VeinViewer from Christie Medical

VeinViewer is clinically proven to increase "first stick" success, reduce the number of PICC lines placed because of difficult peripheral access, and raise patient satisfaction scores. VeinViewer products from Christie Medical Holdings, Inc., project near-infrared light that's absorbed by blood and reflected by surrounding tissue. The information is captured, processed, and projected digitally in real time directly onto the surface of the skin, providing an accurate image of the patient's blood pattern.

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Patented technology allows clinicians to see blood patterns up to 15 mm deep and clinically relevant veins up to 10 mm. With VeinViewer, clinicians can see peripheral veins, bifurcations, and valves, and assess in real time the refill/flushing of veins.


Health Informatics & Monitoring solutions from Medtronic

Health Informatics & Monitoring solutions from Medtronic give clinicians the ability to remotely view vital information from multiple device categories, including ventilators, capnography monitors, depth of consciousness monitors, cerebral/somatic oximeters, and pulse oximeters. The software wirelessly transmits patient information from the patient's bedside to a hospital's server. From there, clinicians can view the data within the hospital network on any web-enabled device: smartphones, tablets, desktops, workstations on wheels, and nurse stations. Thanks to wireless sensors, clinicians are able to monitor patients' vitals-even while away from the patient or hospital.

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Remote monitoring enables consistent tracking of patients' vitals from their homes as well. As patients recover from acute-care situations, clinicians can remotely monitor BP, respiration rate, glucose, and more. The technology can also help determine whether patients have fallen or remain immobile for an extended period of time.


The Five Rights of Clinical Communication from Vocera

Eighty percent of serious medical errors are linked to communication failures and $12 billion is wasted annually in U.S. hospitals as a result of communication inefficiencies. With challenges such as overreliance on technology, lack of a standardized communication strategy, multiple devices used for communication, and the need to secure text and voice communication, how do we return people to purpose and bring the communication pieces together? Consider Vocera'sFive Rights of Clinical Communication: reach the right person, instantly; at the right time; on the right device; with the right information; in the right place, anywhere.

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First, don't start with the device, start with the role. Different clinical roles call for different device needs. Hospital nurses spend only 20% of their time delivering bedside care, so they need communication solutions that allow them to stay at the bedside. Nurses need standardized communication tools with the ability to establish role-based call paths and flexibility when managing escalations, staffing changes, and emergencies. Defined guidelines and policies for communication management, including the use of personal and shared devices, accessibility and availability of tools, and integration with other systems such as alarms and electronic health records are needed so that nurses can be more efficient with non-bedside-related tasks. In a time when hospitals are being asked to do more with less, integrating the data layer with communication/collaboration can move us away from islands of communication toward secure, real-time communication-anywhere.