Part of the information documentation requirement for patients undergoing telemetry in hospitals involves capturing cardiac rhythm strips (ECG strips) in the EMR. These strips provide an enduring version of patient status as it evolves over time, and serve as reference points for the care team. The process of printing paper strips, cutting, copying, labeling, and scanning these documents creates waste, delays in care, inefficiencies in workflow, and increases the potential for error.
Eliminate the costly manual digital/analog/digital process that consumes many hours of staff time; Ensure that the correct ECG strip is entered into the correct patient’s permanent record; Timelier documentation in the EMR and faster information access by clinicians.
AirStrip enables a fully digital process of capturing ECG strips, utilizing calipers, adding notes, and transmitting the strips to the EMR and other clinicians in a PDF format, with an HL7 header that includes the patient context. This enables paperless documentation and communication of ECG strips for ICU and telemetry care teams and their patients.
Snippets replaces the manual process of ECG strip documentation - which includes printing, cutting, pasting, labeling, and scanning ECG rhythm strips into the EMR. This eliminates supply costs and reduces the time spent by nurses, telemetry technicians, unit clerks, and IT staff on manual documentation while making the electronic ECG strip immediately accessible to all authorized personnel in the EMR.
The paper-to-electronic process involves printing ECG strips, cutting them to fit on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper, pasting the pieces on with a glue stick or clear tape, adding a barcode sticker to identify the patient, then placing the sheets into a stack for scanning. Eventually, the sheets are physically scanned by IT Techs into the EMR, then manually returned, allowing the hard copy to be filed by unit clerks or medical records staff with the patient’s paper chart. Typically, a nurse or central monitoring technician documents a rhythm strip 1-2 times per monitored patient per day in telemetry units, and 2-4 times per monitored patient day in intensive care units.