Poor education-related discharge preparedness for patients with heart failure is believed to be a major cause of avoidable rehospitalizations. Technology-based applications offer innovative educational approaches that may improve educational readiness for patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings; however, a number of challenges exist when implementing electronic devices in the clinical setting. Implementation challenges include processes for “on-boarding” staff, mediating risks of cross-contamination with patients’ device use, and selling the value to staff and health system leaders to secure the investment in software, hardware, and system support infrastructure. Strategies to address these challenges are poorly described in the literature. The purpose of this article is to present a staff development program designed to overcome challenges in implementing an electronic, tablet-based education program for patients with heart failure.
Implementing Electronic Tablet-Based Education of Acute Care Patients
Tenita Sawyer, Monica J. Nelson, Vickie McKee, Margaret T. Bowers, Corilin Meggitt, Sarah K. Baxt, Delphine Washington, Louise Saladino, E. Philip Lehman, Cheryl Brewer, Susan C. Locke, Amy Abernethy, Catherine L. Gilliss, Bradi B. Granger; Implementing Electronic Tablet-Based Education of Acute Care Patients. Crit Care Nurse 1 February 2016; 36 (1): 60–70. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2016541
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