Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Launches Centralized Telemetry Monitoring
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital November 06, 2006
LAKE FOREST, IL – In an effort to provide a safer patient environment and better continuity of care for patients requiring cardiac and respiratory monitoring during their stay, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital has established a centralized telemetry monitoring station. This new station, located in the hospital’s Telemetry unit, allows for continuous, around-the-clock observation of all telemetry cardiac rhythms by a central monitoring technician (CMT). This can include continuous pulse oximetry if needed.
“By keeping a constant eye on the monitors, these technicians with expertise in cardiac rhythm interpretation can immediately catch any negative signs and alert the patient's nurse or doctor, allowing them to begin any needed corrective measures right away,” says Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Director of Critical Care Services Mary Tebbe, RN.
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s new centralized telemetry monitoring station allows technicians with expertise in cardiac rhythm interpretation, such as Shauna Haske (left) and Kary Valenziano, to continually monitor data from as many as 36 patients at one time. The new station went into service Nov. 6 in the hospital’s Telemetry unit.
The hospital's central telemetry monitoring station also increases to 36 the number of patients who can be monitored, 16 of which can be in rooms outside the Telemetry unit. This means, for example, that a patient assigned to the Acute Care wing whose doctor has ordered monitoring as a precaution can begin receiving treatment there immediately without having to wait for a bed in Telemetry or being moved back and forth between units to get the needed cardiac monitoring.
"This continuity of care is a true benefit," says CMT Kary Valenziano, who is a cardiovascular tech. "Such patients who have a cardiac history, but not a cardiac problem at the time of admission, can get the monitoring their doctor wants while receiving treatment on a floor more appropriate to their current situation."
Valenziano says the CMTs also can monitor a patient’s reaction to medication being given.