“Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help,” someone rightly says. And we are well aware of the hard work they put in to fulfill their desire to care for others. Despite this, nursing has always remained a thankless job. However, technology has now given us a chance to recognise the hard work of our caregivers and support to relieve them of their burden. How? With Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), that enables close monitoring of patients outside of conventional clinical settings, aiding the skilled nursing facilities and the nurses to do their work more efficiently and without difficulty. RPM comes as a bliss, relieving the nurses of the tedious daily to-dos and helping them to focus more on the areas that are more critical and pertinent.
A latest report that appeared in McKnight’s Long Term Care News throws light on how RPM can effectively release the mammoth burden on healthcare workers and nurses and how its application can contribute to the productivity and success of skilled nursing facilities. RPM comes with an array of benefits like reduction in hospital readmissions, improvement in post-acute care for a variety of procedures, enhancement of the profiles of the nurses and enabling them to earn appropriate patient feedback and observe an increase in patient referrals. All these because of the tremendous potential of RPM to meticulously monitor a patient’s progress and possess an unprecedented level of insight into the patient recovery process which is almost impossible through only human intervention.
Exploring how RPM can ease out the nurses’ burden–
RPM enables early intervention: What is the first thing that one can do to share the heavy plate of work that nurses deal with? Detect a condition early and facilitate quick intervention to prevent a crisis. That’s exactly what RPM does. It’s marvellous technology binding the connected health devices can assess a condition way before it could become critical and put a leaping burden and pressure on the nursing force.
RPM helps in smooth post-discharge follow-ups: With the insufficient workforce in the current condition, nurses often struggle to keep up with appropriate follow-ups of patients just after their discharge. RPM plays magic here and lets the nurses take a deep breath. It systematically alerts them and provides automatic warnings in case of any discrepancies in the patient’s health after their discharge from the hospital. Thus, the nurses do not have to break their heads on the walls in their attempt to check on how a patient is doing at their respective homes.
RPM increases the nursing efficiency: Manual efforts are always subjected to errors and inaccuracy and when it comes to nursing, the cost of one single mistake could be life claiming. RPM brings in its automated solutions that can easily fill in the human loopholes and the potential forgetfulness and inaccuracy is curbed. This makes the nurses more efficient, effective and productive when it comes to saving and nurturing lives.
RPM enhances patient satisfaction, adds merit to the nurses’ hard work: The aforementioned report has also revealed that RPM significantly increases patient satisfaction, as much as a whopping 96%. The reason, RPM leads to better clinical outcome, efficient nursing and encourages them towards self-management. This results in the patients appropriately recognising the hard work of the nurses, awarding them with positive feedback and helping them to conquer their desired career graph.
RPM improves the communication between the nurses and patients: Key communication is vital for efficient nursing. RPM helps the nurses sufficiently aware of a patient’s vitals, medical history, other health-related data, empowers the nurses with real-time monitoring, thereby making their job easy.
RPM soothes caregivers of stress: Nursing, undoubtedly is a stressful job. RPM acts as a soothing balm on the caregivers’ stress, anxiety, depression and panic. It helps the nurses get adequate rest and relief, aiding them to get rid of their work-related stress and worries. RPM has emerged to be a potential anti-stress tool for the nursing workforce, taking good care of the mental health of the caregivers.
Today is the time to thank our nurses for their incomparable effort 24/7 and the best way to do it is to empower them with Remote Patient Monitoring.