Smartphone app for SingHealth nurses to increase job efficiency

SingHealth has launched a new smartphone application to help nurses work more efficiently. Called SingHealth Nurses Pal, the application provides information on the appropriate treatment of pressure ulcers and a list strategies on how to prevent fall
SingHealth has launched a new smartphone application to help nurses work more efficiently. Called SingHealth Nurses Pal, the application provides information on the appropriate treatment of pressure ulcers and a list strategies on how to prevent falls among patients among other things. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SingHealth has launched a new smartphone application to help nurses work more efficiently.

Called SingHealth Nurses Pal, the application provides information on the appropriate treatment of pressure ulcers and a list strategies on how to prevent falls among patients among other things. This saves nurses the time it takes them to go to a shared computer or refer to print outs when faced with such scenarios.

Calculators in the application also show the likelihood of a patient falling based on the patient's conditions, and a drip rate calculator alerts nurses with an alarm when a patient requires their next dosage.

Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong launched the application in conjunction with Nurses' Day celebrations at Singapore General Hospital on Tuesday. "[Nurses] often need to make clinical decisions to ensure that patients receive appropriate and timely care interventions," said SingHealth group director of Nursing, Dr Tracy Carol Ayre.

Nurses Pal was developed by nurses trained in Nursing Infomatics from SGH and IT specialists from Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS).