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SMH Unveils New Cardiac Monitors

President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Maine Health, Timothy Churchill announced recently that a Philips IntelliView cardiac Monitoring system has been installed at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

Nursing staff and physicians at Stephens Memorial Hospital are thrilled with the newly installed cardiac monitoring system.  The Philips IntelliVue system links patients in Emergency Services, Intensive Care unit and the Medical Surgical unit wirelessly to several central monitoring stations.

The system involves a significant increase in monitoring capability throughout the hospital. All nine emergency rooms are now equipped with bedside monitors. In addition to updated bedside monitors in the Intensive Care Unit, eight Medical/Surgical patients can now be monitored by telemetry.  Patients being transported to the Imaging Department for various studies can be observed throughout their X-ray studies when their condition warrants.

The system further allows any nurse to view cardiac rhythms of patients in multiple units, increasing oversight and patient safety. The new monitors are compatible with those used in the SMH operating suites and recovery rooms, allowing even greater flexibility in caring for patients.

"The monitoring system has touch screen technology and is very intuitive and user friendly. Installation in time for Nurses Week was the best gift staff could receive" said Darlene Glover, RN, MSN, Nurse Director of Emergency Services. "We are so grateful to the community for its continued support of the hospital through the Annual Fund. Those contributions allowed for the purchase of this much needed equipment to better serve our patients." 

According to Anita Day, Nurse Director of the Medical Surgical and Intensive Care Units, "this state of the art system allows us to meet the increasing needs of our patient population. Patients are able to move seamlessly from unit to unit with no interruption in care. In addition, the system allows staff to be utilized in a more efficient and cost effective manner."

Photo Captions:- Upper:  Kevin Hodson, RN, CEN explains to ‘patient’ Linda Fecteau about the numbers appearing on the beside monitor.  Lower:Stacey Bickford, RN sits at the central monitoring station in the Emergency Room and monitors patients.

 

Stephens Memorial Hospital is part of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at www.wmhcc.org.

 
 
 
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