QR Tech Just in Time

Technology has become such a constant presence in everyday life, it’s no surprise that smart technology can be found almost everywhere — even at the patient’s bedside.

Join speakers Elyse Bueno, Krystal R. Chamberlain and Paul R. Brooks on Monday, 4:45-5:30 p.m., in GRB, room 351, to explore how nursing experts in leadership, clinical education and staff engagement use smart technology to improve patient care.

Their session, “Enhancing Nurse Engagement Through Technology,” focuses on quick response (QR) codes — two-dimensional barcodes with procedural information about the equipment they are attached to.

“We are embracing this technology, and we want to make knowledge readily available, specifically for the equipment we have,” says Bueno, nurse manager in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

Nurses use their smartphones to scan a QR code on a piece of equipment to access staff-created informational and instructional videos. This technology is helpful, especially for equipment that is used infrequently or could pose a health threat if used improperly.

“Along with providing traditional education and hands-on training, we are creating videos for convenient future reference,” Bueno adds.

The session will include a step-by-step tutorial on creating training videos and will review perceived barriers, which are considered minor compared to the potential benefits of increased patient safety, just-in-time accessibility to information and staff engagement.

“Making these videos creates ownership,” Bueno says. “It also creates experts, because some people who make the videos learn the equipment so they can create a video that is helpful to their peers.”

The presenters hope that attendees will leave the session with the tools and ideas needed to bring this technology to their institutions.

“We want to show attendees how we have learned and evolved over time and to give step-by-step instructions so they don’t have to do all the groundwork,” Bueno says. “They can use what we’ve created and take it from there.”