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King's Daughters Medical Center Leverages Unique Bedside Interactive Technology to Meet Requirements of Patient Safety Goal 16
Date:12/17/2008

GetWellNetwork Enables Hospitals to Meet Joint Commission Compliance through Patient Engagement

BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ --In an effort to improve patient safety and standards compliance, GetWellNetwork, Inc., the leading provider of Interactive Patient Care (IPC) solutions, is enabling King's Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) to meet the requirements of The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 16 through GetWellNetwork's interactive PatientLife System(R).

In 2008, The Joint Commission introduced NPSG 16 which requires hospitals to establish a method to enable healthcare staff members to directly request additional assistance from a specially trained individual or Rapid Response Team when a patient's condition appears to be worsening. Furthermore, by January 1, 2009, The Joint Commission requires that patients and families must also have the ability to activate these Rapid Response Teams which are available around the clock to care for patients who are showing potential life-threatening symptoms. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Rapid Response Teams significantly reduce hospital-wide mortality rate and the respiratory and cardiopulmonary arrests rate for pediatric inpatients outside of the intensive care unit.

To meet the requirements of NPSG 16, KDMC is leveraging the GetWellNetwork PatientLife System to enable patients and their families to activate the hospital's Assessment Consultation Team (ACT) of nurses who are trained to respond to changes in the patient's condition. The hospital offers patients two ways to activate its ACT Team using the GetWellNetwork system. Each day, a scheduled alert is proactively sent to the patient on the in-room television screen educating
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