August 21, 2014

Mercy Hospital installs new system

Hospital staff from Respiratory Care, Nursing, IT, and several other departments gathered to celebrate the 2014 National Patient Safety HumanitarianAward presented to Mercy Hospital for its commitment to patient safety through the use of a new patient monitoring system. Pictured above, from left,are: Steve Nolte, RT, RRT; Mercy President & CEO C.J. Urlaub; Frank Guido, RT; Julie Womack, RN; Mercy COO John Herman; Mijon Scott, RN; Jon Carlson, RT, RRT-NPS; Dr. Thomas Raab; Ondrea Bennefield, RN; John Black of Masimo Corp.; Dave Ciesla, RT, RRT, RPSGT; Irena Mychajliw; and Kim Salefske.

SOUTH BUFFALO - With an ongoing commitment to quality care and patient safety, Mercy Hospital recently installed the Masimo Patient SafetyNet™ system, a continuous patient monitoring system using advanced pulse-oximetry technology with direct clinical notification, throughout its patient care units.

The system, which measures pulse rate, oxygen levels and respiratory function 24/7, is typically reserved for critically ill patients. However, after conducting a 30-month study on the hospital’s 64-bed 6 McAuley West Unit, Jon Carlson, Mercy Hospital’s director of Respiratory Care, and the hospital’s Patient Safety Monitoring Team concluded that continuous patient monitoring can benefit all patients and potentially save lives.

As a result, the hospital invested $1.62 million to expand the system throughout the hospital. With the SafetyNet system, each pulse oximeter at the bedside is linked to a central monitoring system at the nurses station. If a patient’s condition requires attention, alarms are triggered and nurses are paged to the patient’s room.

“Comparing results from our 15-month baseline study period to our 15-month trial period, we saw an 89% reduction in all-cause mortality,” noted Carlson. “This new monitoring system gives us the opportunity to further enhance patient safety, improve outcomes, and reduce costs by avoiding preventable patient transfers to the ICU.” He especially acknowledged the support of the hospital administration, medical staff and Patient Care Services, including COO John Herman;... Read the rest of this article in News


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