“17 Days” How Vigilant Enables Nurses Focus on Better Patient Outcomes

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, every minute counts. Nurses are the unsung heroes who work tirelessly to provide quality care to patients. However, amid the chaos of a hospital or clinic, they often find themselves bogged down by time-consuming administrative tasks, such as handwriting medication labels. At Vigilant, our automated IV tube labeling solution is transforming the healthcare landscape by giving nurses back their most precious resource – time. When nurses have time to focus on better patient outcomes, the healthcare system is at its best.


The Burden of IV Tracing and Handwriting Medication Labels

Traditionally, nurses have had to manually write out IV labels for each patient infusion. That manual process is unreliable and often delayed when nurses are providing critical care. To make matters worse, nurses fear miscalculating or mislabeling critical drugs, resulting in a medication error. They stress over tracing IV tubing for each medication to ensure they know exactly what is being infused into their patient. A lab study concluded that managing multiple infusions is a high risk procedure and approximately 8% of errors were tied to IV tracing. All of these manual tasks are tedious and overwhelming, yet totally necessary. The stress, fatigue, and burnout that nurses battle will always be a side effect of the job, but it can be alleviated.


Vigilant’s Efficient Solution

Vigilant is a game-changer in the healthcare industry. Our automated labeling solution comes to the aid of nurses who are juggling far too many other critical responsibilities to worry about handwriting. With Vigilant, clinicians can print a three part set of IV tubing labels with a single scan of the medication. The entire process takes about seven seconds. 

Vigilant's automated labeling solutions saves clinicians time

Compared to handwriting, Vigilant’s solution was built to increase accuracy and efficiency, while resulting in higher compliance and more beneficial patient outcomes. 

Not only do nurses no longer have to stress about handwriting labels to differentiate critical medications infusing in an emergency situation, they now know that the correct labels can be printed and applied in a moment’s notice. No more mental calculation of IV tubing change dates, delay, or frantic line tracing when the moment counts. 

Time-Saving Marvel: The most compelling selling point of Vigilant is that it can help nurses reclaim valuable hours of time. In fact, after calculating the average time saved for nurses working with the Vigilant solution, they get up to 17 days’ worth of their time back annually. Imagine having an extra 17 days each year to focus on what truly matters – patient care and self-care. Nurses can now spend more time with their patients, offering comfort and reassurance, and addressing their concerns.


Eliminating Errors: Handwriting errors can lead to serious medication mistakes, which can have life-threatening consequences. With Vigilant, nurses can rest assured that every label is accurate and compliant with the highest standards, reducing the risk of patient harm.

Reducing Stress: The constant pressure of getting labels right and ensuring patient safety can take a toll on nurses’ mental health. Vigilant alleviates this stress by providing a reliable, consistent, and stress-free solution. When nurses have time to focus on patient outcomes, their personal and job satisfaction rises exponentially. 

Enhancing Workflow: By automating the IV tube labeling process, Vigilant allows nurses to focus on more critical aspects of patient care. This not only benefits nurses but also improves overall workflow efficiency in healthcare settings.

Regulatory Compliance: Vigilant ensures that all labels adhere to the ever-changing regulatory requirements, mitigating the risk of non-compliance and potential legal issues.


Real-World Impact

To understand the real impact of Vigilant, let’s consider a real-life scenario. An ICU nurse with an average of 7 infusions per patient,  spends approximately 1 minute tracing lines during every medication administration. With Vigilant, in a 30 bed unit, with 80% occupancy, the collective time saved for these nurses accumulates to over 2,000 hours. Over the course of a year, that adds up to a staggering 85 days – time that can be dedicated to patient care, personal wellness, or further professional development. The question isn’t “why switch to Vigilant”…it’s “why not?”

Vigilant is more than just an automated IV line labeling solution; it’s a time-saving revolution that empowers nurses to excel in their roles. By removing the burden of handwriting labels, Vigilant allows nurses to focus on what truly matters – providing the best possible care to their patients. With the potential to reclaim up to 2,000 nursing hours annually, Vigilant is a game-changer in healthcare, improving patient safety, reducing stress, and enhancing workflow efficiency. It’s time to let Vigilant redefine the future of nursing and healthcare.

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