News Feature | September 20, 2013

Increasing Patient Safety With Remote Monitoring

Source: Health IT Outcomes

By Wendy Grafius, contributing writer

HTO Rochester General Health System

Hospital expects reduction in rapid response activations, ICU transfers, and respiratory-depression deaths

Rochester General Health System (RGHS), including its 528-bed flagship facility Rochester General Hospital (RGH), has installed the remote monitoring and clinician notification system, Masimo Patient SafetyNet, which is expected to reduce rapid response activations, ICU transfers, and respiratory-depression deaths.

Serving the needs of the Greater Rochester and upstate New York region, the health system comprises eight clinically integrated affiliates, with RGH as its lead facility.  An acute-care teaching hospital, RGH ranks first for Cardiac Care, second for Overall Hospital Care, and fifth for Overall Surgical Care in New York State by CareChex-Delta Group. It is recognized as an accredited Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and as a Nurse Magnet Hospital by the American Nursing Credentialing Center, and as Rochester’s third largest employer, is served by over 1,500 medical/dental staff members and 7,000 employees.  Affiliations with the Cleveland Clinic and Roswell Park Cancer Institute further the health system’s clinical care.

Following a thorough evaluation for a system to safely monitor its patients in the general ward, RGHS chose an organization-wide installation of Masimo SET Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, designed to reduce false alarms (specificity) and detect true alarms (sensitivity) that indicate a declining patient. Patient SafetyNet further enhances the system with remote ventilation monitoring and wireless clinician notification.  “Masimo provides us with the advanced technologies we need to meet our high standards for patient care,” said Claire Aloan, MS, RRT-NPS, FAARC, Director of Respiratory Care Services for RGHS.  “Patient SafetyNet offers us the ability to respond to patients faster.  And Masimo SET pulse oximetry – because of its clinical accuracy – gives us confidence that we’re responding to true alarms.  This speed and accuracy allows us to improve patient outcomes.”

Patient SafetyNet offers advanced care and oversight of patients by continuous, non-invasive measurement and tracking of physiological conditions and changes that signal deterioration.  Automatic wireless alerts for bedside assistance are sent to clinicians in the event that measured values change.  Joe Kiani, Founder and CEO of Masimo, said “Rochester General Health System has made patient safety a top priority.  We are honored to partner with a healthcare facility that is committed to help protect patients, improve outcomes, and reduce costs.”

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