Workload management should not be based solely on patient acuity. It is true that sicker patients usually require more care, but to distribute workload equitably, other factors such as alarms and alerts need to be considered.
Critical Alert’s analytics platform, Aperum, can provide insights into caregivers variable workload from clinical alarms (such as nurse call and cardiac monitors) enabling supervisors to view real-time alarm data based on actual patient needs and requests. Having access to this type of granular information allows for sensible and effective adjustments to be made to workload assignments. This level of awareness makes balancing workloads simple. Balanced workloads equals happier nurses and happier nurses equals happier patients.