Reducing Exposure to COVID-19

What If You Could Protect Your Staff By Reducing Their Exposure to COVID-19?

YOU CAN. Nurses caregivers can eliminate up to two hours per twelve hour shift of avoidable C19 exposure. MedLite ID can make it happen in less than 60 seconds.


With a 2021 Nurse Attrition Rate of 19%, What Does the CDC Say About Prolonged Exposure to C19?

  • Healthcare workers can be exposed more often due to numerous infected individuals’ exposures. Reducing the frequency and intensity of exposure to SARs-CoV-2 might reduce the infectious dose and result in less severe cases
  • It is reasonable to consider an exposure of 15 minutes or more as prolonged. This could refer to a single 15-minute exposure to one infected individual or several briefer exposures to one or more infected individuals adding up to at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period.
  • Nurse can return to work 10-20 days since symptoms first appeared, and 24 hours from last fever and symptoms (depending on immunocompromised state)

THE CHALLENGE:

Standard line-tracing and best practices require caregivers to be in close proximity to patients and can increase their exposure to COVID-19. When you combine the complexity of care related to multiple IV infusions, heavier workloads and the necessity of using nurses with less critical care experience, it is important to be as efficient as possible and protect your staff from this highly contagious disease.

MEDLITE ID CAN HELP:

MedLite ID is a simple, innovative technology designed to improve patient care, safety and staff efficiency by reducing line tracing by up to one-minute per task (see DSU Clinical study). In addition to the improved efficiency, nurses in the DSU study also found that MedLite ID also made the line-tracing process less stressful.

Projected Benefit While Caring for COVID-19 Patients:

Hypothesis: A mid-sized hospital ICU unit has 16 beds. If 60% of those patients have an average of eight infusion lines, that would be 9.6 beds. Each patient’s IV site is checked every two hours when the nurse enters the room to reposition the patient.

  • 9.6 patients with four lines would result in reducing time of exposure by approximately 57.6 minutes per unit per 12-hour shift.
  • Line-tracing for these patients with eight lines could result in approximately two hours reduction in exposure to COVID-19 per unit per 12-hour shift.

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