Tutum Medical's BEAMS solution tackles challenges created by an increase in single rooms in hospitals
After a successful trial, Sheffield Children's Hospital has now installed the BEAMS system in 70 rooms
A new bedside monitoring system developed by Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Tutum Medical is improving response times for critical alarms, leading to improved patient outcomes, better workflow, and reduced costs for the hospital.
The idea for the Bedside Equipment Alarm Monitoring System (BEAMS) originally arose because of increases in the number of single rooms on a new wing at Sheffield Children's Hospital.
Matron, Susan Levers, suggested identifying opportunities to integrate all the critical bedside monitoring systems to improve nurses’ ability to respond to alarms and positively increase the effect on staff morale following reports of nursing staff walking wards and corridors to monitor for alarms.
Tutum Medical created a proof-of-concept device and then eight BEAMS devices that were trialled at the hospital.
During the trial, all nurses surveyed said it was a ‘benefit to the working of the ward’ and parents also reported feeling reassured.
The successful acoustic monitoring BEAMS system has now been installed in 70 single-occupancy rooms across six wards in the hospital, improving response times to critical equipment alarms and helping ensure alarms do not go unheard.
BEAMS has reduced the number of alarms taking more than two minutes to respond to by 78%; more than five minutes by 88%; and more than 10 minutes by 95%.
BEAMS gives us the assurance and support for both the nursing staff and families that their care and safety is a priority to us
Paul Rawlinson, managing director of Tutum Medical, said: “We were delighted and honoured when the hospital approached us and very proud to have developed such an effective and outstanding system.
“BEAMS is the world’s only bedside equipment critical alarm monitoring system and meets the challenge hospitals currently have of alarms going unheard through walls and closed doors, due to the increased number of single-bed patient rooms.
“And, due to the success of the system at Sheffield, we are now seeing other hospitals asking for trials, which is really encouraging.”
A failure to respond to critical bedside alarms, often due to alarm fatigue, can affect patients in many ways, such as not receiving the prescribed amount of medication, a deterioration in the patient’s health, serious injury, and even death, which can lead to major litigation costs for a hospital.
BEAMS devices listen for critical bedside alarms and, when an alarm has been identified, the system notifies nurses which room, and on which ward, needs attention, together with the severity of the alarm that has been triggered.
BEAMS is designed to send the notification via Wi-Fi to a nurse console display located at the nurse station and to alarm speakers along the corridors.
And it creates its own Wi-Fi mesh network which removes the need to interface to hospital infrastructure.
BEAMS is the world’s only bedside equipment critical alarm monitoring system and meets the challenge hospitals currently have of alarms going unheard through walls and closed doors, due to the increased number of single-bed patient rooms
Jeff Perring, medical director at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, said: “The BEAMS system improves patient care, which is a vital focus when patients are staying on our wards.
“The system is a great example of improving patient safety with innovation.”
Joanne Reid-Roberts, matron for medicine, added: "BEAMS gives us the assurance and support for both the nursing staff and families that their care and safety is a priority to us.
“Patients and parents will know that if an alarm is sounding their nurse will respond, particularly when they do not feel able to call the nurse themselves.”
The system recently won the Delivering Innovation in Health and Care Award 2022 at the Medilink Midlands Business Awards.