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PAR-Level RTLS Solution Saves Costs at Oregon Hospital

Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend is using a real-time location system from Versus Technology to track the PAR levels of assets, enabling the facility to ensure that equipment is always on hand where needed.
By Claire Swedberg
The remaining challenge for the hospital involves ensuring that nurses bring the pumps back to the central location themselves. The hospital has moved closer to achieving this goal, to some extent, thanks to the improved level of trust that nurses have now that they can be confident they will find a pump when they need one, making them less likely to hoard.

Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend is now tagging other assets in addition to the infusion pumps, Buchsteiner says, such as syringe pumps, feeding pumps and PCA pumps. To date, approximately 1,500 tags have been used for monitoring assets.

Last June, PeaceHealth's labor-and-delivery ward (where mothers stay prior to and during delivery) began using a new, custom application from Versus Technology that provides a view of patient and staff locations, as well as room status (empty or occupied). These new views communicate the status of laboring moms—whether in pre-labor or active delivery—to the staff. The Versus software also displays when services, such as lab work, electrocardiography (EKG) or epidural, have been completed, since that data is input by workers as such a service occurs.

The system enables the hospital staff to know where doctors and nurses are located, both within patient rooms and throughout the department. Initially, the solution was installed to track the movements of patients and personnel as a patient enters the labor and delivery unit, and then delivers her baby.

The mother-baby unit, to which mothers and their newborns are moved post-delivery, also began utilizing the Versus Advantages solution in August 2011—in this case, to allow the staff to quickly identify each mother and infant, as well as track the movements of patients and employees. The software's iconography displays data about a particular baby and his or her mother, such as whether the latter delivered multiple children.

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