Screenshots of Nurse App.
Singapore's Minister for Health, Gan Kim Yong, today (30 July, 2013) launched Nurses Pal as part of SingHealth's Nurses' Day celebrations. The mobile app will benefit about 7,000 nurses and trainees across the healthcare group's hospitals, national specialty centres and polyclinics.
Developed by Singapore General Hospital's nurses and Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), the Health Ministry's IT arm, Nurses Pal is the region's first such set of mobile apps produced by a healthcare group for its nurses.
IHiS has developed Nurses Pal on both IOS and Android platforms, based on the most common mobile phones used by SingHealth nurses.
SingHealth Group Director of Nursing, Dr. Tracy Carol Ayre, said: "Nurses Pal is designed by nurses for nurses with localised content that is vital for diagnoses, treatment and patient education. With such comprehensive information at their fingertips, our nurses, especially new recruits will be able to deliver better and safer care.
"This is a good start as our nurses continue to explore ways to leverage technology and wireless devices to bring better outcomes to our patients."
IHiS Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Chong Yoke Sin, said: "IHiS is now looking at enhancing the smartphones every healthcare staff carries, so that they can become smart care tools at staff's fingertips to help them work faster and more efficiently."
IHiS Group Chief Information Officer for SingHealth, Mr Benedict Tan, said: "These mobile apps will help increase the productivity of nurses, but more importantly improve the quality of patient care and enhance patient safety."
With Nurses Pal, healthcare staff will have a convenient point-of-care tools and guides to use without having to leave a patient's bedside. Designed with evidence-based clinical instructions and illustrations, the mobile apps will help nurses more quickly identify patients at risk and carry out early interventions to prevent their conditions from deteriorating.
The three key apps are:
- Intravenous Drip Rate App—The app helps nurses more quickly adjust patients' intravenous drips by simulating the sound of the correct drip flow rates using the latest mobile multimedia technology. Nurses first enter into their smartphones data such as a patient's fluid infusion type, volume and required time. The app then calculates and generates the sound of the correct rate of drops for the nurses to use to calibrate the patient's drip. This saves nurses time counting drops with their stopwatches. IHiS has also built into the app a reminder to alert nurses when drip bottles are due to be changed.
- Pressure Ulcer App—This app uses the Braden Scale to assess a patient's risk of developing bedsores. Nurses enter into their smartphones their assessment of patients' alertness, ability to move independently, nutrition level, skin moisture and friction in daily movements. The app then calculates the Braden score and reminds the nurses of preventive actions to take, based on SingHealth's care procedures.
- Falls Prevention App—The Prevention and Management of Patient's Fall App helps nurses calculate patients' risk of falling using the Morse Fall Score, which is used internationally. Nurses enter into their mobile phones patients' fall history, secondary diagnosis, gait, mental status and need for walking aids. The app then calculates the patients' Morse Fall Scores, and guides the nurses on their care strategies according to SingHealth's care plans.
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