Cardiac patient monitoring system debuts at local hospital
Waldo County General Hospital has a new cardiac patient monitoring system that is getting rave reviews. Part 1 is a screen that sits beside the patient’s bed and shows all vital signs in bright, easy to read numbers along with the patient’s heart rhythms.
The system allows a nurse to hit a button every 15 minutes for the first two hours after surgery and the results can be viewed on a computer screen at the nurses’ station, instead of having to disturb the patient.
Under the screen is Part 2, a small box that records patient data and follows the patient from department to department. It is especially helpful for a patient that may come to the hospital in the Emergency Department and then is transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the inpatient Medical Surgical Unit, the post-surgery recovery area, the Women and Infants Health Care Unit and/or the Radiology Unit.
The small box only weighs 2.7 pounds. “It’s portable and a very handy little box,” said a nurse in the ICU.
Besides accompanying a patient through the hospital, all the data in the system can be printed when a patient is discharged and put in his or her chart.
“This is the latest technology and it will interface with the new computer system that will installed in the future,” said Stephanie Mitchell, RN, BSN, who is the Nurse Manager for MSU and ICU. “It’s the best—very user friendly and a great upgrade.”
Mitchell and Gail Dudley, RN, who is the Nurse Manager for Perioperative Services, facilitated the selection of the new system with input from nursing staff and physicians.
When the system first went on line in mid-August, there were some kinks to work out, but now caregivers like the easy to see numbers on the patient screen. “They are nice and big and can even be enlarged if need be,” said one ICU nurse.
Nurses in the ICU are also able to monitor the patient screens of their own cardiac patients and also the cardiac patients on the main patient floor.