Improving Patient Care Begins with a Functioning Access The challenge is keeping the access functioning

Access Management and Clinical Operations

Vasc-Alert not only indicates which patients are at risk, it makes it easy for staff to view Weekly reports either online or in downloadable form. Vascular Access Managers (VAM) are trained to review the reports and interpret the results. The introduction of the new access risk score speeds this process and helps staff focus on patients at most risk. Patients on alert are presented in a Triage List Report, sequenced by their access risk score. Because Vasc-Alert is a screening tool and not a diagnostic test, VAMs are instructed to confirm by physical examination or other clinical indications that the vascular access is at risk for a complication.

When a decision is made for referral, the VAM can make use of the Referral Module to capture the indications as well as other appropriate medical information. The referral module outputs a face sheet, referral form, and a copy of the Vasc-Alert Patient Detail Report for transmission to the access center. This module speeds the process of referral and records that staff determined a patient should be referred.

Monthly, Vasc-Alert Management Reports provide an overview of the current state of vascular access management at the facility. These reports include a center overview of vascular access types, alert rate (percentage of patients on alert), and a listing of patients with their average delivered blood flows for the month compared to prescribed.

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