Multiple Variables Using Multiple Variables from Multiple Sources to Trigger Alarm Notifications
The Extension Engage platform can assist with clinical decision support by using multiple variables from multiple data sources to trigger alarm notifications.
First Generation Vs. Next Generation
Using a “bath assist” scenario, we help define the differences between first and next generation alarm management systems. With first generation alarm management systems, a bath assist alarm is either on or off. When the alarm is on, the nurse or nursing assistant receives a message for every bath assist alarm, even if the patient’s fall risk is zero. The unwarranted noise contributes to the problem of interruption fatigue.
Features of next generation alarm management systems:
- Event response team listing situation awareness
- Alarm/alert display with relevant context
- Additional patient details enhance situation awareness
With the Extension Engage next generation alarm management software, rules are not designed to be all or nothing as with first generation systems. Extension’s advanced rules engine allows hospitals to notify caregivers when it is appropriate, based on the patient. Extension Engage is not reliant on data from a single source to determine what notifications are dispatched to the mobile provider. Engage can be configured to combine nurse call-data and data from the EMR, such as fall risk score, and send a message based on multiple variables.
- A high priority event notification is sent to the caregiver if a bath assist is triggered AND fall risk score is =/> 51
- A medium priority event notification is sent to the caregiver if a bath assist is triggered AND fall risk score is 25-50
- A lower priority event notification is sent to the caregiver if a bath assist triggered and fall risk score is <25
Extension Engage helps hospitals reduce the occurrence of non-actionable alarms and interruption fatigue. Traditional approaches to reducing non-actionable alarms are limited to either customizing alarm settings to individual patients or deactivating default alarms for non-treated conditions.
Using multiple variables from multiple sources to trigger actionable alarm notifications is just one example of the power of the Engage platform.