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Columbus Regional Health recently invested $2.9 million in state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring equipment.
The new Nihon Kohden America telemetry and monitoring technology will replace monitoring equipment throughout the hospital.
The Emergency Department began using the equipment on March 22. The technology will be implemented in all other areas of the hospital by the end of the summer.
This type of monitoring equipment tracks vital patient trends, making it possible to catch adverse trends earlier. Monitored parameters include oxygen saturation, blood pressure and electrical activity of the heart. Staff can recognize and prevent negative clinical outcomes before they occur and can respond to undesirable events faster, which can lead to improved patient safety, reduced length of stay for patients, and more lives saved.
“This equipment will help us save lives and avoid costs while facing unprecedented challenges to the healthcare system,” said Carolyn O'Neal, CRH director of nursing. “We believe this technology represents an important advancement in patient safety and quality of care.”
“We believe our solutions align firmly with the hospital's mission found at the CRH Innovation Center,” said Mike Dashefsky, vice president, Nihon Kohden America. “Columbus Regional Hospital is taking systematic steps to evolve the way they deliver healthcare, testing innovation as a central strategy. Innovation helps them deliver the best care in the most efficient and effective way, and we're proud that Nihon Kohden now will help them further distinguish themselves from the competition."
* All Emergency Department and CVOR monitors were 100 percent funded by a federal appropriation totaling $594,000.