A hospital’s main task is to provide the best possible healthcare, which includes adequately treating patients’ pathologies. When we talk about “hospital efficiency”, it might seem that we’re talking about financial issues, but, although a hospital isn’t a factory, it must fulfil its function efficiently. Therefore, the efficiency of a hospital is not only measured in financial terms, but with many other indicators, such as the number of patients treated, the average time it takes to admit a patient or the number of surgical procedures, treatments and diagnostic tests performed.
Any hospital’s resources are limited, and the workload is high, regardless of whether the centre is public or private. All of this means that time is a determining factor in the efficiency of a hospital: the more time the staff has to attend to patients, the more efficient it will be.
In addition, time is a critical factor in certain areas, such as the Emergency Room or ICU, where every second is vital when a person’s life is at stake.
Technology, increasingly present in all areas of a hospital, is focused not only on having more and better diagnostic or therapeutic means, but that many of the commonly-performed procedures can be done faster. If we look at the evolution of operating rooms as an example, both in the surgical techniques and the devices used (where we’re already seeing the use of robots controlled by the surgeon from a command post, due to the precision they provide and the patient’s rapid recovery as a result of fewer incisions) we can see that the introduction of technology has not only managed to improve the quality of the interventions, but it also considerably reduces the time patients are admitted for, leaving beds open for other patients faster. This is a clear example of a win-win situation: the patient wins with increased comfort and decreased discomfort, and the hospital wins in time and resources.
How does arcomed help with a hospital’s efficiency?
Our Chroma infusion pumps are designed with this win-win philosophy in mind: the patient wins in comfort and safety, while the hospital saves time and resources. Let’s look at the key areas in which Chroma pumps can help improve efficiency in a hospital by saving time:
- Start-up time: The rapid start-up of the infusion that characterises our pumps translates into a few highly-valuable extra seconds. Furthermore, prior to the start-up itself, the programming of the pump is carried out intuitively by means of a high-contrast colour touch screen, avoiding the traditional menu navigation, with which the desired functions can be accessed much faster.
- Learning time: The fact that only two pump models (volumetric and syringe) are needed to perform all the necessary functions in any area of the hospital means that we obtain significant time savings in staff training, if compared with the need to learn how to handle different pump models from different manufacturers and with different functions.
- Time spent exchanging pumps and consumables: Instead of connecting the patient to a different infusion pump in each area, the arcomed Chroma pumps can accompany the patient as they make their way through the different areas of the hospital, quickly and easily reconfiguring the pumps to operate with different profiles, according to the clinical area.
- Time spent checking correct medication: Having a colour screen means the arcomed Chroma pumps can incorporate the colour coding of drugs, which is recommend in a multitude of studies and clinical guidelines as a fundamental part of the strategy for educing medication errors. When a drug is selected, the pump displays the colour code assigned to that drug on the screen, which must match the drug’s label.
- Time spent programming and entering patient data: Our pumps can incorporate different TCI protocols, some exclusively like the Cortínez-Sepúlveda model for total intravenous anaesthesia in obese patients, which saves the anaesthesiologist from having to perform many calculations. In addition, when several pumps are used at the same time, the wireless communication between them means that the patient’s biometric data doesn’t have to be entered in each one.
- Time spent supervising and managing alarms: The option of using IQ Messenger to receive alarms and pre-alarms generated by the pumps allows the nursing staff to not have to make as many trips and therefore they can prioritise care.
As worldwide leaders in intravenous infusion technology, at arcomed we know that time is vital to improving efficiency in a hospital, and we have designed our pumps to be fast, safe, versatile and very easy to use.