Remote respiratory monitoring
system used to monitor post
op patients

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Registered Nurse in Surgical Services, Michelle Fredette-Carragher, checks in on her patient Ken’s monitoring system.

St. Joseph’s Hospital takes a big leap forward in patient safety by becoming the first hospital in Canada to adopt the remote respiratory monitoring system OxiNet III which enables continuous monitoring of patients’ oxygen saturation levels even when the clinician is not at the bedside.

Remote monitoring of a patient’s respiratory status allows clinicians to know of adverse events sooner and act faster, greatly enhancing patient safety and diminishing the risk of missed respiratory episodes. At St. Joseph’s Hospital this system is being used to monitor patients with known or suspected sleep apnea.

Director of Perioperative Services for St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, Anne Marie McIlmoyl explains, “At St. Joseph’s Hospital, our highly skilled clinicians utilize the most advanced technologies to care for each patient who comes through our door. Upon careful review of the OxiNet III remote monitoring system, we felt the technology’s capability to address post-operative respiratory distress is one more tool for us to utilize in our ongoing commitment to patient safety.”

The OxiNet III provides customizable systems that effectively monitor any floor in a facility by relaying data from the bedside to a central station, creating a remote respiratory monitoring system. This system also provides advantages for clinical staff as it allows them the ability to care for more than one patient diagnosis as they no longer need to cohort the sleep apnea patients in one room and monitor these patients at their bedside. If a patient’s oxygen level falls below the accepted level, clinicians are alerted via visual and audible alarms at the central station and by pager alerts allowing clinicians to act faster and therefore increasing patient outcomes.

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Nicole Laven

Nicole Laven is a communication consultant with St. Joseph’s Health Care, London.

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