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BRMC acquires new ED monitors

Posted on: 12/20/2019

Sarah Fuoco, RN, left, and Anne Hardy, RN, BSN, CEN, director, emergency department, review information on the new patient monitors in the emergency department.

Bradford Regional Medical Center has acquired 15 new state-of-the-art cardiac monitors for use in its emergency department.

The monitors replace eight previous monitors, allowing for advanced capabilities for more patients. “These new monitors will allow us to care for patients more efficiently, especially during high volume periods, and have more advanced capabilities including reporting multiple vital statistics such as blood pressure, pulse rate/rhythm, oxygen saturation, and temperature for adult, neonatal and pediatric patients. They also allow for invasive monitoring and importing vital signs into the patient record,” said Anne Hardy, director, emergency department.

She added that the monitors are also capable of being transported when a nurse takes the patient to other departments, such as when a patient goes to imaging for further tests, while staff continues to monitor readings in the ED on two centralized system stations. Larger screens also allow for staff to better track a patient’s progress. The ease of portability and ability to import patient statistics directly into the electronic medical record make the new equipment extremely efficient for staff, she noted.

“Investing in the latest equipment for our patients is vital to the future success of Bradford Regional Medical Center. Not only will these new monitors provide enhanced clinical information on patients, but they will also help our staff best care for our sickest patients when time is crucial,” said Timothy J. Finan, chief executive officer, Upper Allegheny Health System, BRMC.

“The gains in patient safety and injury prevention through safe ergonomics for the nursing staff are immeasurable. The ED team is very excited about this and we are really grateful to all who have made this happen,” Hardy said.

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