PVH completes phase 1 of initiative


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POINT PLEASANT — The Pleasant Valley Hospital Foundation “Building for the Future” initiative announces its recent Phase 1 completion of a multi-phase initiative to implement new, technologically advanced, Mindray Passport 12, cardiac-monitoring equipment.

With six new emergency and trauma center monitors now in place, and five new intensive care unit (ICU) monitors, including an upgraded central workstation, PVH personnel state they feel they have “once again raised the bar, improving their overall patient care, and enhancing the efficiency of their clinical workflow.”

These multi-parameter monitors integrate with a central workstation, allowing staff to access real-time vital signs, and analyze and manage patient data, all at the point of care. The new monitors are network connected, and are accessible at the patient’s bedside, through the central workstation, as well as during transport to other departments within the hospital. Patient data is collected, and then transmitted from the emergency and trauma center to the ICU when a patient is admitted, a beneficial process, which ensures continuity of care.

This newly acquired equipment is capable of recording and analyzing data, as well as capturing diagnostics that aid in the management of important patient information. These monitors can follow a patient throughout the entire care pathway, from ER arrival to discharge. The parameters on these highly advanced monitors can be adjusted and changed based on the patient’s condition, and are designed to compile comprehensive clinical information at the point of care, using the system’s analyzation tools to assess the impact of patient therapies and medications. The monitors also store trends and events, and produce an alarm for caution and/or critical care, based on patient data.

Funding for the new state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring equipment was made available by the Pleasant Valley Hospital Foundation’s “Building for the Future” initiative, a $3.25 million dollar campaign aimed at outfitting PVH’s radiology department and other areas of the hospital with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.

According to a statement from PVH: “With these highly advanced cardiac monitors in place, patients can have peace of mind in knowing that any events or trends they experience are detected immediately, and the medical staff is alerted through both visual and auditory alarms. Notifications will occur any time the patient experiences a change in heart rhythm, or any other vital sign. These alarms, combined with stored patient data, enable the staff to administer prompt and precise care.”

“As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, the opportunities we will be able to afford our patients also increase at an exponential level,” said Daniel Trent, DO, emergency and trauma physician. “I am confident that monitoring devices, such as the ones we have just added, will save and improve lives.”

“Time is of the essence when it comes to cardiac issues,” Bretton Powell, MD, internal medicine physician and hospitalist, stated. “The faster we can identify the problem and initiate critical care, the better. Having advanced technology helps us do our jobs quicker, and with more accuracy.”

For more information about PVH and the services they offer, feel free to visit them online at www.pvalley.org.

Information for this article submitted by PVH.

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