Staffing Appropriately


Need Help Optimizing ED Staffing? Read This

Emergency Departments (EDs) are by far one of the trickiest departments to staff due to unpredictable variability in patient and staff acuity. From asset tracking to patient flow and work flow, the impact real time location systems (RTLS) can have on the ED has far-reaching implications hospital-wide. The role of RTLS in the ED continues to expand and is playing an increasingly important role in the effective and efficient staffing of emergency medical personnel.

RTLS has been a valuable emerging technology in healthcare for several years now. Traditionally RTLS has been leveraged for asset and equipment tracking and management – but today, RTLS is playing an increasingly important role in improving healthcare workflow, efficiency, and productivity.

Imagine The Possibilities

Imagine if your ED could pull census data from the system to reveal patterns of dips and spikes in staffing needs? Or if your nurses and clinicians could be automatically assigned to patients based on their proximity to them? Imagine if your facility could manage new patient placement by balancing area-specific acuity and workload? Or if your facility could pinpoint when and where delays occur and if they are a frequent occurrence? Imagine if your ED could identify and notify staff of exposure to communicable diseases, based upon their tracked interactions with patients – that without RTLS would be next to impossible to track – and replace those staff members with another that has less of a work load and patients to tend to as identified by your RTLS software?

With Sonitor® Sense™ RTLS, there is no need to ‘imagine’ – it’s possible. RTLS is providing hospitals and medical facilities with the necessary insights allowing them to staff efficiently and effectively based on data that is gathered in real-time. Through this greater visibility administrators can make more informed decisions on where and when to staff, your ED can avoid sending a high-risk patient to an area already overloaded, and staffing decisions can be made to avoid patient visit delays and/or staff work overload.

By applying Sonitor RTLS tags to your facility’s patients, beds, staff, and equipment, you can provide your emergency medical staff with access to accurate, bed or bay-level location information, and an overview of staff efficiency and productivity throughout the ED.

Sonitor’s RTLS provides unparalleled, accurate, and reliable indoor positioning data. Combining the highest level of accuracy and the fastest update rates the market has to offer, Sonitor’s RTLS can help you track, locate, and schedule your staff in real time.

Sonitor ‘s RTLS core positioning technology, powered by SmartZoning™ technology, is based on ultrasound which delivers the most consistently accurate and reliable location data. Unlike other technologies used in RTLS (ex. radio frequency and infrared), ultrasound signals are contained by walls, floors, ceilings and even windows and glass partitions. In addition, virtual walls can be easily created to provide sub-room and chair level resolution with up to four distinct zones created with a single device.

As a result, knowing where a patient or a piece of equipment is in real time helps your ED anticipate and effectively plan work and schedule staff efficiently. With greater visibility into the status of patient rooms, operating rooms, and your overall ED—based on the movement of patients, staff, and equipment—more efficient scheduling can be realized, enabling quick turnover, optimizing throughput, improving patient flow, and ultimately increasing patient satisfaction.