Lutheran Medical Center has installed Masimo Patient SafetyNet system, an advanced noninvasive remote monitoring and wireless clinician notification system.
Masimo Patient SafetyNet has been designed to help hospitals avoid preventable patient deaths and injuries associated with failure to rescue events one of present common medical errors.
Patient SafetyNet allows clinicians to noninvasively, continuously and remotely monitor multiple physiological parameters including arterial oxygen saturation, respiration rate, hemoglobin levels and pulse rate and have changes that signal early patient distress or deterioration automatically sent via pager to a qualified caregiver.
Earlier detection may facilitate earlier interventions, which has been shown to help improve outcomes. In a recently-published landmark study at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Masimo Patient SafetyNet system was shown to help decrease distress codes and activations by 65%, and intensive care unit (ICU) transfers by 48% resulting in an annualized savings of 135 ICU days.
Helen Buckel, RN and nurse manager of Lutheran Medical Center, said: “Patient SafetyNet provides the peace of mind that comes from knowing that it is always watching over our patients by continuously monitoring their physiology when we can’t be at the bedside to do it.
“Even when we leave the room, we know that little finger sensor the patient wears is doing an enormous job. The moment the patient encounters trouble or a life-threatening event occurs, the system immediately alerts us, so precious seconds aren’t wasted and lifesaving help is just a beat away.”
Michael Reilly, executive vice president of medical affairs at Masimo, said: “Each year healthy patients admitted for routine procedures become failure to rescue statistics because an adverse event was not recognized in time to save them. Masimo Patient SafetyNet expands the patient monitoring capabilities available to Lutheran clinicians, helping to improve patient outcomes and decrease costs two things every hospital wants and needs.”