Device aims to reduce alarm fatigue for nurses at point of care

Wireless communications specialist Ascom Wireless Solutions is set to introduce a new mobile device specifically designed to improve nurse communications and clinical workflows to the local market early next year.

Called Myco, the device combines the capabilities of a smartphone, such as a touch screen, 3G and WiFi, along with a barcode reader for patient and medicines identification. Ascom says it has a robust design that is capable of withstanding knocks and drops as well as hygienic requirements.

The device is linked to integration software called Ascom Unite that allows it to be connected with hospital or aged care facility information systems, patient monitors and nurse call systems.

It allows nurses to drag and drop the names of their assigned patients onto their device, meaning they can receive automated messages, alerts and alarms just for those patients, helping to avoid alarm fatigue. The software also gives nurses access to patient records and results.

The device is able to filter and prioritise alerts, as well as forward and escalate them. The nurse can see on the device what type of alert or alarm it is, the severity of the alarm, and which patient it is for, even when the device is in their pocket, as all necessary information is visible on the top display.

It comes with a docking station for rapid battery swaps and has been optimised so it can be operated with one hand.

Ascom will officially launch the device in Sydney in November, with the first shipments due in the first quarter of 2015.

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