5 Reasons Why Nurses Where Watches
Medical watches are an extremely valuable and even indispensable tool for nurses that need to keep track of time for various work related activities. On a daily basis nurses may be responsible for dozens of medical tasks from recording patient vital signs and administering medication to lab charting and performing pain assessments. Having a quality watch can provide significant value and convenience to nurses that need to be able to effectively manage their daily duties.
Here are some of the important tasks where medical watches have been proven to be fundamental in providing adequate patient care.
Tracking /Recording Vitals
One of the most common uses for medical watches among nurses is tracking patient vitals such as respiratory rate and apical pulse rates. Watches with a second hand or digital wrist watches with second counters can help provide accurate time tracking for better assessments. Being able to accurately track a patients vitals can give nurses clues to the patients current health status and alert them to any potential health abnormalities. When providing care to patients dealing with a sudden trauma or when medications are involved being able to assess a patients vitals can help nurses identify if a treatment or medication is effective, ineffective or creating a potentially adverse reaction on the patients condition.
Scheduling / Administering Medication
Medical watches allow nurses to keep track of time when providing medication to patients on a scheduled basis to ensure that the medication is given at proper time intervals. Some nurses may choose to use a watch with an alarm so that they can be alerted of upcoming scheduled medications. In some instances nurses may be required to administer a drug over a 1 – 5 minute period (IV over 1 – IV over 5), in which they need to keep track of how quickly/slowly the administration is occurring. Slowing the administration of medications can significantly reduce the exposure to potential medical complications and health risks, which can vary greatly depending on how rapidly the drug is administered, what drug is being administered and any physiological factors that may influence the drugs reaction among other things.
Performing Pain Assessments
Pain assessments / reassessments are common in the nursing field and being able to properly assess a patients pain level can help nurses identify potential medical issues and track recovery progress. Performing pain assessments are important for determining whether or not a treatment or medication is improving, worsening or having no effect on a patients condition, and being able to identify the length and severity of the assessment is invaluable for future treatments.
Documentation / Lab Charting
Medical documentation and lab charting often require accurate time and date records of tests, treatments, assessments and/or medical interactions that are performed while at work. Whenever any kind of interaction is made with a patient or test it may need to be charted and recorded in order to track the patients medical condition and ensure everyone involved has a clear understanding of the patients health and any treatments he/she has received. Without accurate record keeping it may be significantly more difficult to measure a patients health progress and/or the results of a test over time. It can also create issues for record keepers as they may be confused of the order in which a given treatment or medication was provided, further complicating issues.
Keeping Track of The Time
Aside from all of the benefits previously mentioned owning a wristwatch allows nurses to always be able to keep track of the time whenever they need to. On the most basic level a watch is a timepiece and provides the user with a precise sense of time at a quick glance.
Even in hospitals, clinics, medical offices and healthcare centers where clocks may be abundant having a medical watch means nurse are able to see the time without having to squint at a clock or reorient themselves to face the clock in the room, which means they can spend more time focusing on patients and less time changing their position to try and track the time.
For nurses who work in a location that doesn’t have many clocks or are extremely mobile and need to always have the time in front of them owning a wrist watch can provide you a lot of convenience and even shave some time off of a busy work schedule.