Patients call from opposite ends of the floor. Alarms ring constantly. Computer delays interrupt workflows.([FOOTNOTE=Alegent Health White Paper. Improving Care Delivery and Nursing Workflow: A Clinician Usability Study of the Motion C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant. Published Dec. 2007. Accessed Jan. 29, 2018.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])

These daily realities can result in frequent interruptions — an average of 46.3 interruptions per shift — and waste up to 10 percent of a clinician's time.([FOOTNOTE=Weigl M, Müller A, Zupanc A. Hospital doctors’ workflow interruptions and activities: an observation study. BMJ Qual Saf. 2011;20:491–497. doi:10.1136/bmjqs.2010.043281.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]),([FOOTNOTE=Tipping MD, Forth VE, O'Leary KJ, et al. Where did the day go? A time-motion study of hospitalists. J Hosp Med. 2010;5(6):323–328. doi: 10.1002/jhm.790.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) See how clinicians are managing their growing challenges.



Identifying where minutes are lost is the first step to reclaiming time. For example, in a typical shift, you can spend up to 59 percent of your time on charting and coordinating care.3,([FOOTNOTE=Hendrich A, Chow MP, Skierczynski BA, et al. A 36-hospital time and motion study: How do medical-surgical nurses spend their time? Perm J. 2008;12(3):25-34.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) You can receive as many as 1,000 alarms and walk up to five miles.4,([FOOTNOTE=Ruskin KJ, Hueske-Kraus D. Alarm fatigue: impacts on patient safety. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2015;28(6):685–690. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000260.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) And you may spend a total of 48 minutes of your shift waiting for computer access.([FOOTNOTE=Ergotron Healthcare. How Digital Healthcare Helps and Hurts Nurses. Published Jul. 22, 2014. Accessed Jan. 29, 2018.],[ANCHOR=Ergotron Website],[LINK=])


Reduce Fatigue and Response Times

Customizing patient parameters can reduce alarms by 50 percent.([FOOTNOTE=American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Alarm management. Crit Care Nurse. 2013;33(5):83–86.. Accessed Jan. 29, 2018.],[ANCHOR=View Abstract],[LINK=]) Using early warning scores (EWS) can decrease average length of stay by 0.4 days.([FOOTNOTE=Bellomo R, Ackerman M, Bailey M, et al. A controlled trial of electronic automated advisory vital signs monitoring in general hospital wards. Crit Care Med. 2012;40(8):2349–2361. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e318255d9a0.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) Integrating wireless patient monitoring and EWS can reduce falls and increase patient survival by 6 percent.8


Walk Less, Gain Time

Wireless patient monitoring can save you 30 minutes per shift.([FOOTNOTE=Turisco F, Rhoads, J. Equipped for Efficiency: Improving Nursing Care Through Technology. Published Dec. 2008. Accessed Jan. 29, 2018.],[ANCHOR=California Health Care Foundation Website],[LINK=]) Other innovations, such as using robots to deliver medical supplies, saved clinicians 270 to 450 minutes per day.([FOOTNOTE=Wicklund E. Study: RTLS technology can save hospitals time and money, boost care. Published Nov. 17, 2009. Accessed Jan. 29, 2018.],[ANCHOR=HealthcareITNews Website],[LINK=])


Improve Access, Improve Sharing

Mobile devices can save 25 percent of charting time.9 Transmitting patient monitoring data automatically to a charting system saved nurses one to two minutes of time spent reading and updating charts, per patient.9


Save Time on Coordinating Care

Wireless communications can dramatically reduce response times to alarms — from 9.5 minutes to 39 seconds, in one case — and increase response rates.9 And real-time locating systems can virtually eliminate time spent searching for equipment.10