11/13/2007

Welch Allyn GmbH & Co. KG

Optimisation of nursing care in routine hospital work

The Interdisciplinary Standard Care Clinic at the Aachen University Hospital confirmed potential time savings by using the Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs® LXi

Jungingen, September 2007: Welch Allyn is pleased to advise on the results of this study, which was carried out at the University Hospital in Aachen (UKA).

The key question was ‘Whether the process of measurement and documentation of pulse, blood pressure and temperature parameters in nursing care can be optimised through the use of technology, giving more time for personalised, individual care for the patient’

Comparative time readings were taken to obtain the pulse, blood pressure and body temperature measurements using a manual and automatic device. The automatic measurements were carried out with the Welch Allyn Spot LXi.

Prof. Dr. med. K. W. Zilkens (manager of the department Standard Care), said “the most important results of this study are time saving for nursing staff, ease of use, user acceptance, accuracy of measurement and the opportunity for electronic documentation. The average time to obtain the Vital Signs data was reduced to less than half by using the Welch Allyn Spot LXi.”

Spot Vital Signs LXi uses patented SureBP™ technology which measures blood pressure in less than 15 seconds by taking the reading on the inflation cycle rather than deflation. This leads to significant time savings and offers more comfort to the patient. In temperature measurement, two options are available, SureTemp® Plus oral/axillary technology or Braun ThermoScan® PRO 4000 ear thermometer. If required, the device is also available with pulse oximetry from Nellcor® or Masimo®, providing users with a Spot Check Device which can be tailored to meet individual needs.

In addition to this press information, the complete results of the study will be published shortly in a medical journal.

The University hospital Aachen(UKA):
The UKA has a long history in medical care and nursing care. The extensive facility also houses the joint research by engineers, natural scientists and doctors. Today 6,286 people are working there, 67 professors, 1,192 scientific and 5,067 non-scientific employees, at 33 clinics, 21 institutes and in administration. The central operating department has 30 operating rooms. Within the UKA there is also a centre for day care operations. Annually there are 45,000 in-patients and 120,000 patients were treated as day patients.