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CUSTOMIZE IT: CABINETS OR WORKSTATIONS
Build Your Own
Perfect for patient rooms, nursing stations, facility corridors and more, WALLAroo® wall-mounted cabinets and workstations from Carstens allow nurses and practitioners to store treatment essentials, medications, and EHR equipment where they are used most. WALLAroo® cabinets and workstations improve workflow and prevent medication errors.
IMPRINT: IMPRINT BINDERS, WHITEBOARDS & MORE
MOBILITY CHANGES EVERYTHING
It can be difficult for doctors and nurses to move from room to room while trying to simultaneously manage electronics, patient records, supplies, and more. WALKAroo™ Mobile workstations from Carstens make it easy for practitioners to transition from patient to patient with the supplies and equipment that they need.
IMPRINT: Imprint binders, whiteboards & more
CARSTENS CUSTOM IMPRINTS
At Carstens, we have always been committed to offering a range of customized options to meet each individual organization’s requirements—all designed to withstand healthcare’s rigorous demands and made right here in the USA. Many of our charting options are available to order with imprints.
Carstens’ White Paper: Decentralized Medication Distribution
This paper examines the role of decentralized medication distribution on the impact of nurses’ time at the bedside and medication errors.
Questions explored include:
- Does locating patient medications in the patient room decrease the amount of time nurses spend going to a centrally located medication supply rooms?
- If medications are distributed at the bedside do less errors occur, in part, because of fewer interruptions?
- Do nurses spend less time running back and forth to medication rooms and have more time for direct patient care?
- Does having more time available decrease nurse’s medication errors?
Health Records at the Point-of-Care
WALLAroo® workstations play a key role in hospital’s point-of-care EHR initiatives
When Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Illinois was transitioning from paper charting to electronic health records, its project management team knew that they wanted patient records to be easily accessible throughout the hospital, especially at the point-of-care. They recognized that keeping EHR near the patient would improve workflow efficiency and patient care.
Some patient rooms lacked space for mobile charting carts and/or hospital storage cabinets, so building in-wall kiosks was considered and would have been costly. It was later decided that the EHR equipment could fit inside all the rooms if mounted on the wall. Carstens’ WALLAroo® workstations fit their needs perfectly.
Just a few WALLAroo® workstations were initially installed; today they are in all patient rooms (396 beds), along most corridors and even in some emergency rooms. Installed were 4” deep, two-door WALLAroo® workstations in the corridors to meet Life Safety Code; both 4” and 8” two-door WALLAroo® workstations are installed in patient rooms.
When it comes to improving the patient experience, it should come as no surprise that one of the most impactful areas to focus on is nurses. Improving their work environment and job satisfaction is key. Many nurses are already seeking employment in careers that are less stressful and demanding, and their workload is only going to increase as demand for those trained in the profession continues to rise.
You can probably guess the top two causes of death in the United States – heart disease and cancer. But do you know what ranks as number three? It’s not car collisions, nor is it diabetes. The shocking answer: medical errors.
According to a 2013 article in the Journal of Patient Safety, researchers estimate that over 400,000 preventable deaths occur each year as a result of medical errors. Not only are these mistakes tragic, they’re also expensive. A 2008 study pegs their annual cost at an astounding $19.5 billion.
The transition to paperless documents and recordkeeping continues in every market segment as the world becomes increasingly digitized. Electronic archives offer the advantages of dramatically improved efficiency and operational cost savings compared to handwritten or printed documents. It’s only natural that many industries are adopting them. Perhaps no sector better capitalizes on the benefits of digitization than the healthcare field.
Medication errors do not get as much press as other healthcare issues, but they are pervasive in the United States. A landmark study by the Institute of Medicine estimates there is one medication error every day for every inpatient.1 Researchers estimated one million errors a year and 7,000 deaths due to medication mistakes.
Chart racks are simple, right? Not as much as you would think. A lot of thought goes into their design and functionality, especially today.When medical facilities used only paper charts, chart racks were typically built to accommodate specific ringbinder sizes. The permanent dividers, placed either 1”, 1.5”, 2”, 3” or 4” apart, would separate that sized ringbinder from the others. Manufacturers would offer various sized chart racks for each size ringbinder.