Why Use Patient Wristbands?
Patient wristbands, when combined with the power of the Pulsara network, can transform the way healthcare, public safety, public health, and emergency management personnel across your state or region provide patient care, making it a truly collaborative experience. Here’s how:
Interoperability Between Organizations
Scanning a patient’s wristband allows individual providers to join a patient channel with no prior relationships between organizations, as long as the provider is physically present and scans the patient’s wristband to participate in the channel. Each individual provider is then able to see the list of patients that they’ve helped treat.
Continuity of Care
When a patient moves through the healthcare continuum from initial treatment to comprehensive care, they may be passed from first responder to ground transport to air transport and from one facility to another. Each of these exchanges offers an opportunity to miss critical communication and thus creates a major safety concern. When a dedicated patient channel is created with Pulsara and a patient wristband is placed on the patient and scanned, all critical communication is linked between anyone who came in contact and contributed to the patients’ care.
During special events or mass casualty scenarios, wristbands scanned into Pulsara provide everyone on the care team with instant intel about how many patients are tied to the event, how critical they are, where they ended up, and how they got there. Regardless of method of arrival, Pulsara assists with tracking patients tied to the Incident from first medical contact to reunification. From football games to concerts to marathons to an active assailant event, pairing wristbands with Pulsara opens up a whole new dimension to patient tracking.
Which Scenarios are Wristbands Most Helpful in?
Everyday, Single-Patient Cases
Pulsara can be used to scan wristbands for routine patient types. Once the patient is transferred to a comprehensive center, providers there can simply use Pulsara to scan the wristband and can see everything the EMS and transferring hospital have already done. Labs, vitals, medications, timestamps — it’s all right there in the patient channel. Balancing multiple patients at once, or caring for a patient whose name is unknown? Scan the patient’s band to make sure you’re working on the correct patient.
Special Events and Mass Gatherings
Imagine a football game. First aid stations at the game can simply put a wristband on each patient they treat so that should a patient need to be transported, the responding EMS agency and the receiving hospital can instantly see what care has been provided. For those who can be treated on scene, the provider simply stops the case and the patient is added to the record of care. All providers have visibility into how many patients were treated during the event, what the outcome was, and where they went.
Mass Casualty Incidents
During large-scale events, you need to quickly get everyone into the system, triage them, and keep track of where they went and how they got there. Scanning patient wristbands with Pulsara enables providers to quickly account for and triage each patient involved in the incident. Mutual aid is simplified as responders from any organization can instantly scan wristbands to understand each patient’s care history and pick up where others left off. This workflow makes it simple to identify and transport patients to the most appropriate receiving facility, in coordination with Incident Command. Providers can see an incident overview summary to quickly understand how many patients of each severity level are involved and what their current status is. Hospitals will also receive notifications about incoming patients, allowing them to prepare and respond accordingly.
“When it comes to any solution built for communication and patient logistics, it has to work in both blue skies and gray skies. Pulsara is that scalable tool that can be used for the everyday patient but also for the large-scale disaster. Adding a statewide or region-wide wristband to our network escalates the power of the platform to solve problems healthcare and emergency management have been wrestling with forever."