Protecting nurses and medical staff from coronavirus exposure

Partnering with Banyan Medical Systems to Protect Medical Staff from Exposure to COVID-19

Partnering with Banyan Medical Systems to Protect Medical Staff from Coronavirus Exposure 

Telenursing to combat coronavirusThe COVID-19 crisis is requiring hospitals to look for new and creative solutions to treat patients during this pandemic. Hospital staff are under pressure to balance patient care with protecting themselves and those they serve; and at the same time, manage their personal responsibilities with children at home or self-quarantined loved ones. This crisis exacerbates the existing nursing shortage and complicates patient care with the need to minimize physical contact.

In response to the pandemic, TeleHealth Services is providing audiovisual telenursing solutions at no cost to our client hospitals experiencing a high concentration of COVID-19 patients.

How will this immediately help hospitals caring for COVID-19 patients?

  • Protect hospital staff from getting sick
  • Provide more hours per patient day
  • Reduce the demand of personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Enable remote services when needed

How does audiovisual telenursing work in the hospital?

  • Nurses and physicians can interact with patients from workstations outside the hospital room
  • More centralized “medical eyeballs” in the hospitals can interact with patient when needed
  • Less physical touch and in-room visits requires less PPE changes (conserving equipment)
  • Banyan’s digital hospital professionals can supplement on-site staff

TeleHealth Services is delivering and deploying:

  • In room: Networked TV, mounted camera with two-way audio-video communication, integrated pillow speaker for patient control
  • In hospital: Workstation software for healthcare provider to interact with patients
  • Hardware and software installation services and on-going support

 

The telenursing system is able to be configured to operate with fully trained and managed staff within 14 days. Using this approach, remote staff can supplement existing patient care professionals with admissions, education, patient requests, safety companionship, and discharge planning. The system can be also used to support safe visitation from other medical professionals (hospitalists, specialists, etc.) and pastoral care.