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Three Heart Surgeons Discuss How to Beat Aortic Dissection’s Ticking Clock

Participating in this Q&A article are Bilal Shafi, MD, from Sutter Health in Santa Cruz, California; Wilson Szeto, MD, from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Grayson H. Wheatley III, MD, Wheatley Surgical in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Joint Commission, Joint Commission Resources Launch Data Transparency Initiative

The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) Inc. have announced a new data transparency initiative – Data Analytics for Safe Healthcare (DASH).

Aerobiotix Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of Medical Ultraviolet Air Filtration System

Aerobiotix Inc., a manufacturer of air treatment devices for hospitals and health care, has announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the Aerocure-MD medical air purification system.

AAAHC Releases Updated Toolkit Outlining Ambulatory Procedure Considerations for Obese Patients

To help ASCs implement necessary precautions and prevent negative outcomes for obese patients, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has published a fully revised Ambulatory Procedure Considerations for Obese Patients Toolkit.

Welch Allyn Expands Connex Vital Signs Monitor with Customizable Scoring App

Welch Allyn has announced a new scoring app for its Connex Vital Signs Monitor (VSM). The ability to score patient data on the Connex VSM multiparameter device using the hospital’s protocols enables healthcare professionals to evaluate multiple parameters in a single score, which can include patient vitals and manually entered assessments and measurements.

The Connex Scoring App can help track signs of patient deterioration at the bedside using the hospital’s own Early Warning Score (EWS) protocols to determine the likelihood of adverse events. The new app uses a point-of-care calculator to automate and color code customizable bedside scoring protocols for any type of clinical issue, as well as facility-determined interventions, to help providers make informed patient care decisions quickly.

The Scoring App can be used for more than EWS. Hospitals can configure it to match other scoring protocols such as sepsis scores, fall risk assessments, pressure ulcer risk scores and any other calculations that need to be done quickly at the bedside and provide care guidance right on the device. For example, this guidance can help clinicians recognize factors such as when the patient may require continuous monitoring using features such as Microstream end-tidal carbon dioxide technology from Covidien; contact-free motion, heart rate and respiratory rate surveillance from EarlySense; or acoustic respiration from Masimo.

The Connex Scoring App builds on the device parameters and customizable data fields of the Connex VSM, which also captures automatic measurements such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and pulse oximetry (SpO2). Standard manual parameters include fields such as respiration, height, weight and pain level, but can be expanded to allow capture of nearly any data the hospital would like to document at the point-of-care, such as consciousness level, intakes and outputs, or other details used in the hospital’s score. When used as part of the Welch Allyn Connex Clinical Surveillance System (CSS) the device can wirelessly transfer the data to a wide range of electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Medical charting is automated and data becomes immediately available to clinical staff to help improve decision-making and patient outcomes.

As part of the Welch Allyn Connex CSS, the vitals documentation process becomes automated — reducing manual steps and potential delays and the errors that go with them. The addition of the Connex Scoring App allows users to document accurate patient data from the bedside — giving clinicians instant access to patient data anytime, anywhere and allows them to identify abnormal vital signs more quickly. It also allows for remote device configuration, sent directly to the Connex VSM via the hospital’s network, to help quickly deploy new device settings and protocols without investing in a new device.

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