Wyoming-based Sheridan Memorial Hospital has become the first hospital to integrate Cerner’s CareAware Event Management secondary alerting system with Hospira infusion system Alarm Forwarding technology—a move that expands the hospital’s infusion alarm management functionality. CareAware Event Management is designed to route alerts from medical devices or nurse call systems to a clinician’s mobile device.
Within the hospital, clinicians can receive alarm information from Hospira’s Plum A+ infusion system through CareAware Event Management. The new technology also provides a system to escalate alerts among clinicians when assistance is needed or a primary caregiver is not available.
“Maintaining our position as one of the most advanced intensive care units in the area is a top priority,” says Charlotte Mather, Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s chief nursing officer. “This technology helps our caregivers stay connected and flag issues to the right person at the right time.”
The secondary Cerner alert, enabled by Hospira MedNet v6.1 next-generation safety software, is designed to help Sheridan clinicians respond more quickly and appropriately to smart pump alarms by automating the delivery of alarm data. Clinicians can now receive secondary alerts remotely and still be able to identify the specific device, patient, and alarm type involved.
“Empowering clinicians to more efficiently and effectively monitor alarms from smart infusion pumps is an important step forward in device interoperability,” says Julie Sawyer Montgomery, president of infusion systems at Hospira. “We are proud to collaborate with Sheridan Memorial and Cerner to provide integrated technology to support clinicians as they work to provide optimal care.”