KGH enters 2004 with cutting
December 20, 2003
Saturday - 12:45 am
Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH) announced that its patient monitoring
equipment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the telemetry
in the Medical/Surgical Unit have been upgraded to cutting edge
technology. "It's state of the art point-of-care equipment.
You can't get anything newer than this," stated Rick Watson,
Lead Biomedical Engineer at the hospital.
The new patient monitoring
system fully equips five ICU rooms, where previously only four
rooms were equipped--and those four rooms shared various components
of the monitoring equipment, so they had to be moved about as
needed. On the Medical/Surgical Unit there were previously six
portable units. This upgrade brings seven telemetry units to
the department, with the option of upgrading easily to eight.
In addition, a patient with a portable telemetry unit may now
be monitored when in the OB Unit or the Radiology Department.
The new equipment replaces
a 10-year old system, which was becoming obsolete by virtue of
the lack of manufacture support for its components. Features
of the new equipment include:
- The ability to do 12-lead
electro-cardiograms (ECGs) derived from five leads, up from three
leads with the previous equipment
- Touch-screen technology, allows
for quicker access to features such as zooming in on a waveform
on the screen, altering settings and recalling events
- Flat-screen monitors at the
nurses stations and in patient rooms, taking up 1/3 the space
of the previous monitoring station
- 24-hour storage of all waveforms
monitored, so that physicians can pinpoint the time of a change
or an incident and pull up the exact screen data from that moment
within 24 hours
- Point of care review station:
as the hospital integrates other departments, the physician
will be able to pull up x-rays, lab results and medical records
on the patient monitoring screen
- Shared monitoring of any ICU
and Med/Surg patient by the ICU nurse on duty
CO2 monitoring (with staff training to take place in February
- The new system runs on standard
PCs rather than dedicated hardware. Therefore as the company
improves software, hardware systems can remain in use.
- The previous telemetry frequency
was shared with commercial digital TV, which could interfere.
The new frequency is dedicated for medical use only.
The upgrade has been in KGH
planning for several years. Initial costs came in at $340,000.
However through PeaceHealth buying group, KGH purchasing staff
was able to bring the price down to $238,000. KGH/PeaceHealth
is a private non-profit, so that after salaries and operating
costs are paid, excess funds each year--or "the bottom line"--go
to purchase medical equipment. "We feel extremely fortunate
that we had this money to spend this year, and were able to bring
this exceptional technology to Ketchikan," said Patrick
Source of News Release:
Ketchikan General Hospital
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