Dräger’s goals when developing Ambia were to increase workflow productivity and patient well-being. The innovative accessory mounting design provides nearly unlimited flexibility in placing medical equipment precisely where it is needed, while also allowing you to change configurations on the spot when clinical application or rooms needs change. Ambia is designed to protect against infection and is easy to clean and compatible with a large range of disinfecting products. A wide choice of colors, finishes and lighting options helps you create a friendly, inviting atmosphere for your patients.
The design of care areas – with a myriad of fixed and moveable components – can have a significant impact on staff performance and the health and safety of staff, patients and families1.
Ambia’s frame rail attachment system lets you quickly and easily make changes to the workstation on site using minimal tools, allowing for full customization of the system to meet your needs – now and in the future. The result is optimized workflow, which can help increase staff productivity and satisfaction, while also allowing the clinician to focus on patient care. The frame rail design also allows for fully flexible and scalable changes when upgrading the workstation to accommodate changing needs, helping to manage the cost of care.
Factors contributing to Ambia’s configuration flexibility include:
- A large portfolio of media heads and columns in different lengths and sizes that let you create a workstation that meets your requirements – from heavy-duty systems for the OR to complex designs for the ICU to basic function units for the ED
- The ability to mount medical equipment and accessories on all four sides of the frame rail, providing optimal use of space and the ability to place equipment exactly where it is needed
- Free positioning of electrical and gas outlets, making it possible to place more outlets on a media column or head with no safety distance necessary between gas and electrical outlets
- A wide range of components and flexible positioning that enable Ambia to adapt easily to changing requirements in the room, helping to future-proof the equipment investment
Patient stress has been shown to have a negative impact on clinical outcomes and an adverse effect on staff.2 Ambia is designed to help create a comfortable environment for patients, which in turn can also positively affect staff.
Design options that can help create a supportive environment include:
- A variety of contemporary mounting frame colors, wood finishes and harmonious themes for drawers that complement any room design
- A range of lighting options that can be selectively switched on or off utilizing a touchless lighting control panel
- Warm and glare-free indirect ceiling and floor lighting that help staff navigate around the bedside without disturbing the patient
- Soothing RGB lighting for a calming atmosphere
- An integrated working light that allows staff to work at night without disturbing the patient
- Frame rails at each corner to allow medical equipment to be placed out of the patient’s field of vision
- Quiet electromagnetic brakes to help reduce unexpected sounds
2. Ulrich R S, et. al; A Review of the Research Literature on Evidence-Based Healthcare Design. Article in HERD · April 2008 DOI: 10.1177/193758670800100306 · Source: PubMed
An ergonomic and well-designed workstation is the key to an efficient workspace – which can help to minimize process errors, improve clinical outcomes, and enhance staff performance and productivity. In fact, research over the past 25 years has consistently shown an average of 12% improvement in performance when a comprehensive approach to ergonomics is applied to workspaces3.
Ergonomic features of Ambia include:
- The ability to mount equipment at any position on the column, aligning the workstation with the needs of clinical staff
- High flexibility and position maneuverability that allows Ambia to quickly adapt to changing situations
- Touch-sensitive brake handles that allow fast, intuitive positioning in critical situations (just grasping a single handle releases all brakes of the arm system for immediate repositioning)
- Wireless brake handles that can be individually adapted to specific work processes or relocated on site anywhere along the four corner frame rail for optimal staff interaction
- The ability to create uniform medical workstations with a consistent operating philosophy, using Dräger equipment as an integrated platform for addressing critical patient needs
Research shows that 20 to 30% of nosocomial infections can be prevented by following recommended hygiene measures4. Breaking the chain of contamination is an important step in preventing hospital-acquired infections. Ambia’s design supports easy and effective cleaning and disinfection, including reprocessing instructions that identify a wide range of approved global products.
Ambia features that can help reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infection include:
- Rounded profiles, smooth surfaces and the closed housings that help prevent harboring of pathogens and accumulation of disinfectants to support easy and effective cleaning
- Proven construction materials that allow Ambia to use the same validated disinfectants as other Dräger devices
- Integrated cable management solutions that promote a neat, well-organized workstation, which facilitates the cleaning process
- Touchless control of working, ceiling and floor lights
4. Gastmeier P et al., How many nosocomial infections are avoidable? Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift 2010; 135(03): 91 – 93