Broselow Institute at CVCC Introduces Community Safety Technology
As part of a Joint Patient Safety Initiative with the American Osteopathic Association, the Broselow Institute at Catawba Valley Community College has released a special Emergency and Telemedicine Safety Card.
As part of a Joint Patient Safety Initiative with the American Osteopathic Association, the Broselow Institute at Catawba Valley Community College has released a special Emergency and Telemedicine Safety Card, which will allow healthcare providers to access important details in the medical records necessary to provide safe, effective and timely care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a free version of this card is being offered world-wide.
This isn’t the first innovation created by Dr. James Broselow, whose Broselow Tape and color coded system created in the mid-80s has been used globally as a medical standard for measuring a pediatric patient’s height to his/her weight in order to determine the size of equipment, supplies and dosages of medication to use during emergencies.
“This is the ‘sticky note’ of the 21st century,” Broselow said. “You can stick a code on something and put any kind of information on it. You can also edit it. You can change it in real time. You can make it secure or not secure. You can make it last for a year or a 100 years. We can control the length and who can see it and read it. It is a tool that allows people to control information within their environment.”
These free, unique cards with codes can be created at the BROSCODE website and printed for a person’s own use.
Healthcare professionals can then simply scan the code with a smart phone and view the essential medical information that has been entered by that individual.
“When someone shows up (to the hospital) that you don’t know, you don’t know what medicines they take or what they are allergic to or how to reach their family, you are really flying blind,” said Robin Shannon, RN, Chief Operating Officer of Broselow Communications, LLC. “When you have this card in your hand during an emergency, the clinician can scan it and see that information right away.”
The Broselow Institute at CVCC are also partnering with North Carolina’s 58 community colleges to share this technology with every community.
“CVCC is committed to helping our community in every manner possible,” said CVCC President Dr. Garrett Hinshaw. “This new technology created by Dr. James Broselow and his team is being launched as the first of many innovative uses through the newly established Broselow Institute at Catawba Valley Community College. We are honored that Dr. Broselow sees the value, innovation potential and commitment to excellence that we strive for everyday in Red Hawk Nation.”
While this technology has been extremely beneficial, especially given the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Broselow believes this technology will one day be used for more than just the medical field and will have a huge impact on the community college system.
“This could be for everything,” Broselow said. “Our idea was that we could develop an institute at CVCC and actually have the ability to develop, test and lead this new technology starting with safety but looking at all other aspects from efficiencies to quality to education. You can see how this type of technology can be used for almost everything in a community.”
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