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Draeger Selections Improves Our Monitoring Direction

Nov 27, 2018, 10:13 AM

Skagit Regional Health’s two hospitals are moving through a patient monitoring and communication initiative. This project includes the rollout of telemetry, cardiac monitoring, ventilator device integration and anesthesia equipment across both inpatient campuses.

Our vendor for this implementation is Draeger. After going through evaluations of four finalist suppliers, Draeger was chosen as the “best fit” for Skagit Regional Health. They will replace our existing telemetry and monitoring systems at both hospitals. Our current fleet ranges from 12-20 years in age, which means the devices are sometimes no longer supported by the vendor, which makes finding parts and repairing equipment very difficult.

This project brings to our patients the modern features of current systems, which are critical to our patient population who often require higher levels of care and treatment.

According to MJ Tyler, VP and Chief Nursing Officer for Skagit Valley Hospital, a number of factors are causing this need for a higher level of care or “acuity score.” With more cases done in outpatient settings and an aging population, our hospitalized patients require more care. “With higher acuity patients, we need higher acuity patient monitoring systems,” MJ said.

The Draeger installation kicked off in 2018 as a priority project to replace our aging equipment. To date, the combined Draeger clinical/technical team has deployed telemetry solutions to the CCU/PCC and MPC at Skagit Valley Hospital plus the CCU and second and third floor acute care units at Cascade Valley Hospital. Bedside clinical monitors that receive clinical data from endoscopies have also been installed in Skagit Valley Hospital’s endoscopy suite.

Michelle Sand, VP and Chief Nursing Officer at Cascade Valley Hospital notes “we have seen higher satisfaction by nursing users with telemetry on all of our acute units, no longer requiring patient transfer to critical care.” Cascade Valley Hospital’s anesthesia machine replacements were also moved forward two years due to the increasing number of issues. These were brought online and integrate with Epic’s surgery and anesthesia modules. Michelle reports improved case-length times and anesthesiologist satisfaction with the upgrade.

Some recent project successes include:

  • On September 11, we opened up a new “shared” clinical monitoring unit at Skagit Valley Hospital that enables monitoring of Draeger telemetry patients at both hospitals. This allows our clinical monitoring staff to view all patients on telemetry at our hospitals in Arlington and Mount Vernon.
  • On November 6, we started integrating vital signs data from Draeger into Epic in the Skagit Valley Hospital PCC/CCU. Karen Watkins, the unit’s clinical manager, remarked that “integrating frequently recorded vital signs information into Epic saves nurses time, assures data accuracy and provides more time for bedside care. It’s a win-win for patients and nurses.”

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Draeger Selections Improves Our Monitoring Direction

Nov 27, 2018, 10:13 AM

Skagit Regional Health’s two hospitals are moving through a patient monitoring and communication initiative. This project includes the rollout of telemetry, cardiac monitoring, ventilator device integration and anesthesia equipment across both inpatient campuses.

Our vendor for this implementation is Draeger. After going through evaluations of four finalist suppliers, Draeger was chosen as the “best fit” for Skagit Regional Health. They will replace our existing telemetry and monitoring systems at both hospitals. Our current fleet ranges from 12-20 years in age, which means the devices are sometimes no longer supported by the vendor, which makes finding parts and repairing equipment very difficult.

This project brings to our patients the modern features of current systems, which are critical to our patient population who often require higher levels of care and treatment.

According to MJ Tyler, VP and Chief Nursing Officer for Skagit Valley Hospital, a number of factors are causing this need for a higher level of care or “acuity score.” With more cases done in outpatient settings and an aging population, our hospitalized patients require more care. “With higher acuity patients, we need higher acuity patient monitoring systems,” MJ said.

The Draeger installation kicked off in 2018 as a priority project to replace our aging equipment. To date, the combined Draeger clinical/technical team has deployed telemetry solutions to the CCU/PCC and MPC at Skagit Valley Hospital plus the CCU and second and third floor acute care units at Cascade Valley Hospital. Bedside clinical monitors that receive clinical data from endoscopies have also been installed in Skagit Valley Hospital’s endoscopy suite.

Michelle Sand, VP and Chief Nursing Officer at Cascade Valley Hospital notes “we have seen higher satisfaction by nursing users with telemetry on all of our acute units, no longer requiring patient transfer to critical care.” Cascade Valley Hospital’s anesthesia machine replacements were also moved forward two years due to the increasing number of issues. These were brought online and integrate with Epic’s surgery and anesthesia modules. Michelle reports improved case-length times and anesthesiologist satisfaction with the upgrade.

Some recent project successes include:

  • On September 11, we opened up a new “shared” clinical monitoring unit at Skagit Valley Hospital that enables monitoring of Draeger telemetry patients at both hospitals. This allows our clinical monitoring staff to view all patients on telemetry at our hospitals in Arlington and Mount Vernon.
  • On November 6, we started integrating vital signs data from Draeger into Epic in the Skagit Valley Hospital PCC/CCU. Karen Watkins, the unit’s clinical manager, remarked that “integrating frequently recorded vital signs information into Epic saves nurses time, assures data accuracy and provides more time for bedside care. It’s a win-win for patients and nurses.”