The impact of emerging technology on inbed care

The impact of emerging technology on inbed care

Our blog on subconscious and behavioural drift generated several forum discussions on the factors that can contribute to this. These factors included:

• lack of resources
• the need to ‘make do’ either from lack of resources or because it’s an emergency
• stress, peer pressure; bullying
• not wanting to rock the boat or being labelled a trouble maker
• the need to stick to KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) regardless of how they are achieved
• target / routine-focused care rather than being patient centred
• reluctance to document
• unwillingness to ask for help

Carol Huston, writing on the The Impact of Emerging Technology on Nursing Care: Warp Speed Ahead identified seven emerging technologies that are changing the practice of nursing. In it, she stated that the benefits of non-invasive*/minimally invasive* tools generally resulted in lower patient risk and cost. However, the rate at which these are being introduced makes ongoing competency** a challenge for nurses.
* non-invasive includes reduced invasion of patients’ personal space and reduction in manual handling 
** The new NMC code of practice recognises the role of Human Factors in delivering safety

These observations support our view that “inbed” care practices should be non-invasive and be designed to promote both patient and carer safety. Therefore products need to be intuitive so they are used the right way, every time (consistently); enable person-centred care and be cost-effective to support the continual budgetary measures.

Designing and developing the Biotechsis® range enabled Phil-e-Slide to introduce technology that allows a proactive and integrated approach to many aspects of “inbed“ patient care including:

• products – like the forthcoming iSlide  that are intuitive to use and provide an ideal synergy with the patient, carer and resting support surface(s) i.e. giving less risk of subconscious and behavioural drift

• minimising costs through the inclusion of infection control, incontinence management, anti-odour, anti-static and thermodynamic abilities for micro climate control (patient body heat and moisture) i.e. helping to meet budget constraints and spending KPIs
• the advantages of the different items working together providing a safer, integrated approach to both patient and their carer i.e. providing better user and caring experience.

For all emerging technology providers, the challenge is not only to develop awareness of the added advantages of the new products to care givers but to justify to those responsible for ordering and budgets the need to change.

It was therefore interesting to read The Health Foundation’s Director of Improvement, Will Warburton discuss last month (August 2015)
the challenge of spreading change and innovation to improve the quality of care delivered by health services, and in ensuring their long-term sustainability. In it, he discusses that nearly every problem has been solved by someone, somewhere and the challenge is to find out what works and scale it up.

Summing up, Warburton said, “We will always need new ideas to accelerate improvements in the quality of health [and social] care. But perhaps some of the greatest potential lies in the application of what we already know – maybe it’s not always bad to be a copycat”.
At Phil-e-Slide, we’ve seen the power of “copycats” replicating positive change through the growing number of recommendations and adoption of the Biotechsis® inbed care system across the health and social care community. Yet, the fragmentation of both health and social care provision and the health and social care industry’s ordering/payment systems means that the nurses and OTs who are wanting to use it often need to wade through mountains of ‘red tape’ in order to justify the change and ultimately achieve that result.

To discuss how the technology within the Biotechsis® inbed care system range can enhance your organisation please email or call 01454 417961.

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