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SwipeSense's Current COVID-19 Response and Solutions

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Contact tracing, real-time asset tracking, and electronic hand hygiene monitoring

Room-Level Location Data for Contact Tracing

Contact tracing or exposure tracking is as important as preventive measures like hand hygiene in the urgent effort to mitigate and contain further spread of illness and keep staff safe. Most hospitals are relying on manual processes, such as electronic record chart tracebacks and even staff recollection, to determine which team members entered a room or came into contact with an infected person.

These processes take hundreds of hours, even in a more predictable and treatable outbreak. Our electronic Hand Hygiene and Nursing Insights applications automatically track every entry and exit of staff in patient rooms. As a result, hospitals with SwipeSense technology can quickly report on all staff who interacted with a patient, entered a room, performed an hourly round, or performed a bedside shift handoff with another nurse or physician, allowing for prompt notification of exposure. Web-based user dashboards provide room-level data for every department, unit, and staff member, calculating the amount of time they spent in the room and whether they used soap or sanitizer upon entry and exit of every visit longer than 60 seconds. With a fixed amount of time and staff on hand, accurate, real-time location data is critical to prevent further exposure as quickly as possible. We have already received feedback from organizations noting how valuable this data is for operational efficiency during this emergency circumstance.

Data from our Asset Tracking application can also be used to determine if mobile medical equipment was exposed to an infected staff member or patient. Room-level data about when and where an asset was used can help drive immediate removal, sanitization, or isolation of that asset.

SwipeSense Real-Time Asset Tracking

Hospitals need to find equipment immediately to deliver care. Even during a typical shift, nurses can spend up to an hour searching for hospital equipment. With the added pressure of COVID-19, that time is much too valuable to waste. Through RFID Asset Tags, which are attached to mobile equipment, the SwipeSense Asset Tracking application allows a hospital to virtually map and track assets throughout a facility or across a health system, enabling staff to quickly and efficiently locate important medical devices. With an unprecedented number of patients right now, the chance for lost or stolen equipment is high. If a wheelchair, IV pump, telemetry module, or other mobile device enters an unwarranted area, such as a building exit or laundry facility, real-time alerts are sent to clinical services team members, allowing them to rapidly intervene and avoid loss in addition to the costs associated with loss.

SwipeSense Asset Tracking also provides device-specific utilization data to determine how many assets are being over- or underutilized. As hospitals experience an unpredictable flow of patients, utilization data shows over- and under-utilized equipment across facilities or departments, helping to determine reallocation of assets or the need for more inventory across a system.

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Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring

According to medical experts, the novel virus is believed to live on surfaces for up to several days. Hand hygiene is more critical than ever before to prevent and mitigate the spread. We have closely been monitoring hand hygiene compliance rates captured through SwipeSense’s electronic hand hygiene technology and have seen a significant compliance increase on a daily basis since the COVID-19 outbreak began:

  • In just two months, SwipeSense facilities have increased their compliance rates by 2.3x the overall increase of the entire year of 2019.
  • Notably, at a 220-bed facility in the Midwest, compliance rates have increased by nearly 20%, reaching over 80% compliance.
  • The number of facilities in the 80% compliance range have more than doubled over the past few weeks.

Organizations have shifted from using SwipeSense hand hygiene data bimonthly or monthly to building it into their operating plans as part of their COVID-19 response. Data is being used much more regularly so that improvement areas are being addressed in real time rather than addressed at a later time.

On a normal day in a hospital, there are an average of 100 hand hygiene opportunities per occupied room. As hospitals experience maximum capacities and severe acuity cases that require extra care, the number of hygiene opportunities is unsurmountable. While many hospitals rely on manual observation techniques, they can only capture up to 1,000 observations per month, representing less than 1% of total hygiene opportunities. During this unprecedented and challenging time, managers don’t have the time to observe hygiene performance and must trust that staff are strictly following infection prevention protocol. SwipeSense provides real-time hand hygiene data so that leaders can monitor hygiene by unit and person. Where hand hygiene is an issue, improvement plans can be put in place immediately.

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