There is a total of 14,403 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia now. Facing the second wave of COVID-19, aged care facilities are on high alert to keep their workers and residents safe from infections. However, the extra precaution taken will interrupt their services and operation, as well as increase the workload of their aged care workers.
More specifically, aged care facilities need to make dozens of rounds every day now to proactively take care of senior resident needs, ensure resident safety and decrease the occurrence of preventable events. However, during this pandemic, frequent physical contacts may lead to a higher risk of infections for both aged care workers and elderly residents.
Why Virtual Rounding could help
Virtual rounding is a type of remote monitoring that can quickly help nurses to observe the residents and identify whenever assistance is needed through the control station. It can be conducted in the aged care facilities to enjoy the following benefits:
- Minimise risk of cross-infecting aged care workers and elderly residents.
- Facilitate rounding with just a few clicks
- Deliver care and allocate resources only when it is needed.
- Allow residents to have a better rest at night.
- Reduce the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), thus saving cost.
SmartPeep Virtual Rounding - Making rounds safer and easier
Virtual rounding through SmartPeep AI System can quickly help nurses to observe the residents and identify whenever assistance is needed. It assists nurses and care staffs to automatically monitor senior residents in their room to prevent accidents. With a click on the "Live View" button in the system, the nurse can take a snapshot of each room to identify which resident needs help. Typically a nurse can complete their roundings at 30 locations and above within a minute. This is not only going to save their time in monitoring the elderly residents but also reducing the physical contacts and movements in the premise without compromising the care quality.
Facing this global threat, many aged care providers are exploring new ways to use rounding to support the residents in facilities and the entire aged care team. Virtual rounding is an effective way to enable the aged care workers to stay safe which will allow them to continue providing high quality of care to the vulnerable elderly residents during this COVID-19 pandemic.
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- Coronavirus (COVID-19) current situation and case numbers. Australian Government Department of Health. Retrieved on 27 July 2020.