Developing a care plan that meets the patient's needs while encouraging improvement and...
Developing a care plan that meets the patient's needs while encouraging improvement and accountability can be challenging. However, the right care plan with the right monitoring can dramatically affect patient well-being and quality of life.
Transitioning Out of the Hospital
After surgery, patients may be transferred out of the hospital and into a skilled nursing facility (SNF) to continue rehabilitation and recovery. While in an SNF, nurses assess the patient's condition and alert doctors to potential deteriorations. The patient may also see physical and occupational therapists who help the patient regain mobility or other bodily functions.
However, as with most medical facilities, many SNFs are experiencing staff shortages. As a result, nurses have as many as 25 patients to care for every shift. To assist the nurse, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) measure and record vital statistics and alert nurses to the patients with the most pressing needs.
During a routine shift, the nurse spends more than 60% of the time completing paperwork – this leaves little more than 3 hours to care for 25 patients. As a result, it is not easy to make significant gains in physical mobility improvement. Occupational and physical therapists do visit, usually for 30 minutes a day, but for many patients, that is the only time they are out of bed.
With care resources stretched thin, it is difficult to monitor progress against care plan goals accurately. While a goal of the care plan may be to ensure that the patient is engaging in some physical activity outside of therapy, that goal can be challenging to achieve.
CareMate Give Nurses and CNAs More Patient Time
Deploying CareMate Remote Patient Monitoring in an SNF setting would enhance monitoring and eliminate the need for CNAs and nurses to collect vital statistics. Instead, that time could be spent engaging with patients both conversationally and to improve physical mobility.
Continuous monitoring provides insight that cannot be obtained from spot recording vital statistics. It allows caregivers to track progress using reliable information on cardiovascular and respiratory functioning, activity levels, and various other health aspects.
Continuous monitoring reported through a dashboard gives nurses and other caregivers real-time insight into the patients' most pressing needs. Individualized patient reporting reveals how patient health statistics are tracking over time to identify early indicators of infection.
Moving Out of the SNF and Into Home Health Care
Family members are often eager to see their loved ones improve but are unsure how they can help support recovery at home. While home health care nurses attend to wounds, record vital signs, and check for indications of discomfort, it may be difficult to assess other factors, such as:
How much activity is occurring in 24 hours?
How well is the patient sleeping?
Are there changes physical changes that are occurring during the night?
Understanding how a patient is managing the transition from facility to home is vital to continuing to make progress on the patient's care plan. It is even more difficult to maintain accurate measurements of a patient's vital statistics in a home setting.
If a patient is non-compliant, either due to physical limitations or psychiatric constraints, ensuring a positive and successful transition is even more challenging. In such cases, patients may resist taking medications or not communicate new physical challenges. Patients at high risk for falls are especially vulnerable during this transition period.
Continuous remote patient monitoring, using a device like CareMate, can significantly impact the patient's quality of life. With CareMate, family members and caregivers are well-informed on the patient's daily activity levels, body temperature, and cardiovascular statistics. Additionally, an immediate alert is delivered in the event of a fall to ensure that the proper help is immediately dispatched.
Caregivers and family members can check-in at any time to see real-time updates of:
Activity: walking, sitting, lying down
Through integration with third-party devices, glucose and blood pressure monitoring can also be included in reporting to provide a complete picture of overall health.
Remote patient monitoring through CareMate enhances patient monitoring at SNFs and improves the patient's quality of life while providing peace of mind to family members. It allows caregivers to detect early warning signs to prevent accidental falls and delivers insight on those with underlying medical conditions. When combined with a care plan, CareMate allows both patients and their medical teams to accurately gauge progress, make meaningful adjustments, and improve the quality of care.