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Chilton Memorial Hospital implements Artromick's compact workstations

Artromick International : 02 February, 2007  (New Product)
Chilton Memorial Hospital has started to implement 90 Artromick Mobile Computing WorkStations in the Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit with the entire hospital being scheduled to be 'live' with mobile computing technology by June 2007.
The new Artromick Mobile Computing WorkStations are part of the highly secure Meditech Bedside Medication Verification (BMV) system. In which nurses use handheld barcode scanners on unit dose medications, and a patient's ID bracelet to verify the correct patient and medication.

Utilising the BMV system safeguards on mobile computing technology with the nurse's clinical expertise has enhanced patient outcomes by reducing human errors and adverse drug reactions.

Mary Rich, chief nurse executive at Chilton Memorial Hospital explained how the BMV system and Artromick Mobile Computing WorkStations have been implemented, 'Mobilising this new technology is essential in facilitating electronic documentation at the bedside, and fulfilling Chilton's commitment to patient safety. This paperless system benefits our nursing staff in many ways, but for the patient, the combined value of a mobile computing workstation, utilised by the nurse, at the bedside is immeasurable.'

The Artromick Mobile Computing WorkStation provides easy manoeuverability to the point-of-care with a convenient bracket for a bar code scanner in order for the nurse to scan both the patient ID band and the medication. Accommodating a scanner, all-in-one computer, storage bin, wireless connectivity and many other accessories all on the compact Mobile Computing Workstations has significantly reduced the number of steps a nurse has to take.

Streamlining the workflow permits more time to spend on patient care. Nurses will be able to add comments in the online records for physicians to observe on the monitor when visiting the patient. The physician is able to rotate the monitor in order to view images from both a vertical and horizontal orientation. In addition, the motorized height adjustment positions the monitor and keyboard at the perfect height for comfortable use while standing or seated. Best of all, configurable mobile computing technology works in conjunction with the nurse's clinical knowledge and BMV verification system to provide reliable patient data management.

Chilton Memorial Hospital is a fully accredited, 256-bed, acute-care, community hospital. In 2007, Chilton Memorial Hospital received the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke Care and was ranked in the top five percent nationwide for stroke care.

The hospital's services include the Chilton Cancer Center, the Comprehensive Breast Center, a Cardiac Catheterization/Angiography Suite, the Family Care Center, a family-centered obstetrics programme featuring home-like labour/delivery/recovery rooms, state- of-the-art emergency department, a pain management centre, the Sleep Health Institute, a wound healing centre, and a weight loss surgery programme.
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