A nurse in a pediatric care unit can perform as many as 2,061 tasks to provide treatment and documentation for their patients during one shift. Studies show that nurses spend as little as 18 percent of their time with patients.

What are they doing for the rest of the time? A nurse is constantly walking back and forth, “hunting and gathering” for supplies, and running to the centralized nurse station.

It is simple. A nurse does not have the extra time to be running back and forth, “hunting and gathering,” and spending a very small percent of their day with patients.

A solution to this problem, a decentralized storage unit, like FlowCARE Nurse Server.

What is Decentralized Storage?

A decentralized storage system means small quantities of items, medications, linens, and other needed supplies are stored in this nurse server. This storage system is monitored by the staff and is located near the patient’s bedside.

A nurse can easily get to the patient within 10 to 15 steps. This cuts down on walking back and forth.

The Benefits of Decentralized Storage!

Allows Nurses to Be Closer to Patients

The number one benefit of decentralized storage systems like FlowCARE Nurse Server is being closer to patients. FlowCARE Nurse Server gets rids of the clustered rooms and unorganized rows of medical supplies and medicine!

This allows the nurses to have a better slightline inside of the patient room, the ability to respond quickly to alarm buttons and calls, and reducing noise.

Results in Better Patient Satisfaction

FlowCARE Nurse Server helps combat low scores of patient disruption which yields better patient satisfaction and comfort! Patient disruption is anything that changes the patients daily routines.

So, a patient being in a hospital is a disruption to their routine. FlowCARE Nurse Server allows the healthcare professional to do their needed tasks of stocking, counting items, and more outside the room while the patient sleeps, rests, or enjoys time with family members.

This helps with patient disruption and increases overall patient satisfaction.

A Quicker Response Time to Fall Rates and Call Button

Study results show that with a decentralized nurse station or server, nurses are able to answer calls faster. This is because the nurses have the ability to be closer to patients.

Furthermore, a decentralized nurse server helps with fall rates. A fall rate is the amount of falls that occur in a hospital or clinic.

The fall rates are able to drop because nurses are right around the corner or outside the room!

Optimize Workflow and Less “Hunting And Gathering”

A centralized storage area creates congested areas and causes workflow inefficiencies. This makes sense once you think about it.

Yes, all the nurses will not be in the area at one time; however, there could be three to four in a centralized storage area at once. All of these nurses “hunting and gathering” for their supplies, bumping into one another, and standing waiting for the area to be clear.

It sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Plus, the nurses are spending more time looking for supplies than doing their needed tasks.

At the end of the day, a decentralized nurse server makes sense! It allows nurses to stock the nurse server, find needed supplies, be right there for their patients, lets them spend more time with patients, and other benefits!


FlowCARE Nurse Server can be installed into your hospital or clinic in as little as four weeks! We are based in Omaha, Nebraska. For more information, contact us today!

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