An Industry First: PeaceHealth Implements RTLS in Labor and Delivery

TRAVERSE CITY, MI--(Marketwire -02/07/12)- Versus Technology, Inc. (Versus) (Pinksheets: VSTI.PK - News) is pleased to announce another expansion of Real-time Locating System (RTLS) services to PeaceHealth's Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. As an organization, PeaceHealth relies on Versus to support location and patient flow automation within several of its emergency department environments as well as its anesthesia clinic and house-wide at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in support of OR workflows, house-wide asset tracking and nurse call automation. PeaceHealth also is utilizing Versus' RTLS data for a number of very important continuous improvement projects.

PeaceHealth's staff has been the driving force behind delivering greater value to the organization using the Versus Advantages™ RTLS for clinical automation, improved communication, greater situational awareness and better visibility of patients, staff and assets. The latest RTLS expansions include new workflow designs for the Labor and Delivery department and the Mother Baby Unit.

After months of functioning in their new Labor and Delivery department, PeaceHealth staff wanted additional visibility into the patient care areas. It was difficult to know where doctors and nurses were within patient rooms and throughout the department. Staff wanted to address what they perceived to be a patient safety issue, but also be more efficient and more responsive. They needed a solution to help visualize patient and staff movement within their very large and expansive department. PeaceHealth trusted Versus to provide this visibility and lean process management based on the efficiency and communication gains they were already experiencing in the Emergency Department.

Already familiar with Versus and its ability to adapt to the facility's existing workflows, the Labor and Delivery department outlined their workflows and what they hoped to capture utilizing the Versus Advantages solution. They approached Versus, asking the company to automate the functionality they had outlined. Versus responded with a new, custom application that provides the Labor and Delivery department with a view of patient and staff locations, room status, and the status of certain orders like epidurals and lab tests. These new views communicate to staff the status of laboring moms whether in pre-labor or active delivery.

These new tools allow staff to quickly locate one another and communicate patient status in real time without having to physically search the floor or pick up the phone. "The system is very intuitive. Everyone utilizes it," says Becky Moore, RN. "There's no way to explain what a difference it makes being able to communicate automatically via the boards."

Cindy Hunter, RN, shared a go-live situation which says it all: "There was a serious post-partum hemorrhage followed rapidly by a second incident that required the Post-Partum Hemorrhage cart (like a crash cart but with specific equipment needed for post-partum hemorrhage). The staff involved in the first incident didn't know about the second one and vice versa. The technician who was sent for the PPH cart used the Versus system to locate the cart quickly in a patient room and retrieve it for her team. The ability to locate the PPH cart quickly saved valuable time and much anxiety for all involved."

The Versus Advantages solution helps improve visibility and care progression. "Our goal," Susan Pouzar, Vice President of Sales for Versus, explains, "is to bring situational awareness to staff to improve safety, efficiency and satisfaction for both patients and staff."

The solution has been so popular, expansion into the Mother Baby Unit has already occurred. The Mother Baby Unit is utilizing the Versus Advantages solution for similar reasons, though views and workflows are different. For example, the Mother Baby Unit has custom iconography to allow staff to quickly identify whether Mom has a boy, girl, twins, other multiples and whether an adoptive family is also involved.

About Sacred Heart Medical Center
Sacred Heart Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals between Portland and San Francisco and a regional referral center serving as a Level II trauma center for an eight-county region. Key services for the nonprofit hospital include the Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute, Neurosciences Institute with a Gamma Knife Center, Gerontology Institute, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and specialized surgical services. Sacred Heart Medical Center has two campuses: RiverBend in Springfield, Oregon, and University District, located in neighboring Eugene, Oregon. For more information, visit the RiverBend online press kit at www.peacehealth.org/newsroom.

About Versus Technology, Inc.
Established in 1988, Versus Technology, Inc. specializes in real-time location systems (RTLS) for health care. Used for enterprise patient tracking, bed management, asset tracking, and nurse call automation, Versus Advantages™ improves patient flow and documentation of caregiver and patient interactions, while enhancing communication and efficiency. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the Versus Advantages infrared (IR) and Active RFID solution is responsible for clinical-grade location and automation at a number of hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities worldwide. To learn more about Versus Technology, Inc. (Pinksheets: VSTI.PK - News), our technology and client successes, visit www.versustech.com and take the Advantages Tour.

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