Digital SBAR assessments SBAR is a structured form of communication that enables information to be transferred between individuals. It consists of prompt questions to ensure staff are sharing concise information.

SBAR allow healthcare professionals to remotely monitor and triage residents within care homes without the need for face to face contact. Care home staff capture resident vital sign measurements and responses to questionnaires using a smartphone application or online portal.

Based on the information entered, staff can receive recommendations and guidance on next steps and alerts can be generated within triage dashboards for healthcare professionals to review.

The solutions allow for two way messaging and video consultations between healthcare professionals and provides care home staff with a vital lifeline and assurance on the health and wellbeing of their residents. The digital SBAR assessment includes situation, background, assessment and recommendation.

Our digital SBAR assessment is used in care homes using a tablet.

It captures both a NEWS2 score as well as a range of information regarding the patient’s condition.

Once an assessment is submitted, it is sent to an admin centre that can be monitored by healthcare professionals. Assessments are then reviewed and can be escalated as appropriate.

Immediate responses can be sent directly back to the care support staff.

The SBAR assessment service is being deployed in care homes across the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust region.

Evaluations in Durham and Darlington of the SBAR pathway have provided the following results:

● 45% reduction in specialist nurse visits

● 18% reduction in overall unplanned admissions

● 13% reduction in out-of-hours unplanned admissions

● 24% reduction in in-hour unplanned admissions

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