Flexible In-patient Communication System
Hospitals and surgery centers all have a common challenge of ensuring accurate and timely communication among medical staff about in-room patients. Notices about allergies, isolation requirements, medications, dietary restrictions, and movement risks are just a sampling of the information that needs to be communicated quickly and effectively, often as staff are preparing to enter the room without immediate access to Epic or other computer-based records systems.
These various notices are typically placed at the door entrances to patient rooms, and are typically hand-written on well used laminated paper to ‘get around’ fire marshal codes regarding loose paper. While this approach gets the job done, it’s certainly not professional and can potentially result in miscommunication.
The team at Blue Ridge Sign & Stamp have extensive experience in signage for hospitals and medical facilities. Working closely with hospital administration, our team designed the Flexible In-Patient Communication System. It is professional, can be customized to fit within your facility’s design aesthetic, and virtually eliminates miscommunication when used properly.
The Flexible In-Patient Signage system is mounted at the room entrance, and consists of a base unit with a small white board, dry erase marker and eraser, a track system to slide communication tags into, and storage at the back of the unit to hold tags when not in use. The sign is fabricated with tactile lettering and braille to be compliant with current ADA signage specifications.
The system includes reusable communication tags with commonly needed information such as isolation requirements, allergies, MORSE fall score, and many more. There is never any patient identifying information displayed, so HIPPAA is always maintained. Blank tags are included for complete customization. All tags are made from a durable, flexible dry erase plastic. Tags are slid into slots in the board as necessary to indicate the necessary information. When not in use these tags are stored in a convenient compartment in the back of the base unit for constant availability.
The system provides a durable, easy to use, flexible communication system intended to increase efficiency and confidence within your care team’s ability to do what they do best; provide the best medical care they can provide.
What’s included with each Flexible In-patient Communication System?
Each system and its related components are uniquely designed to meet the needs of each facility. Typical components include:
- A durable and sturdy base unit with integrated white board and tag storage.
- Room number identification, including braille and tactile lettering for ADA compliancy
- A facility specific set of standard communication tags customized to fit your needs
- Extra blank tags for more unique situations
- Attached and replaceable dry erase marker and eraser
Benefits of using the Flexible In-patient Communication systems?
Facilities that have implemented the system have reported dramatic improvements. Below are just a few that we hear most frequently.
- More professional than mis-matched pieces of paper previously used
- Increased efficiency when displaying communication tags than previous methods of information display
- Increased patient and staff satisfaction due to better organization and consistent communication
- Less waste and improved accuracy
How much is the system?
Each facility’s systems are unique. Our team works with facility administrators and staff to help design the set of tags, system size, and system features that will work best for your facility. Administrators report they see very quick returns on this investment simply in the time saved by the medical staff in keeping communication notes up to date.
Contact us if you would like to see examples and discuss deploying the Flexible In-patient Communication System in your environment.