Community Medical Center's
Centralized Cardiac Telemetry Monitoring Program Improves Patient Safety
17 Skilled Telemetry Technicians Provide "Constant Eyes" on Monitors
April 22, 2015, Toms River, NJ - More than 35 million people are admitted to hospitals each year in the United States according to the American Heart Association and many of these patients require monitoring of their heart rhythm using cardiac telemetry. Since its introduction more than 50 years ago, cardiac telemetry has evolved and become very sophisticated.
Community Medical Center has taken cardiac telemetry monitoring to the next level by establishing a Centralized Cardiac Telemetry Monitoring Program that includes an upgrade to the telemetry system and provides one central location where all telemetry monitoring takes place. A team of 17 skilled Telemetry Technicians have undergone extensive training and provide "constant eyes" on monitors all times.
Community Medical Center has 192 beds equipped with cardiac telemetry which allows for continuous monitoring of a patient's heart rate and rhythm. Through the use of telemetry, if a patient develops a heart arrhythmia, the Telemetry Technician alerts the nurse who responds quickly to address the issue. The patient's cardiologist uses this information as a diagnostic tool and to determine treatment.
This new program improves patient safety through prompt arrhythmia recognition. Heart rhythm problems, or arrhythmias, occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate heartbeats are not working properly and cause the heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.
The Telemetry Technicians are in constant communication with a patient's nurse through the Vocera communication system and can alert the nurse of any changes to the patient's heart rhythm. Vocera is a voice-controlled, wireless and wearable device that enables instant two-way communication throughout the hospital.
"Centralized monitoring improves patient safety with the added benefit of increasing the amount of time nurses are able to spend with their patients, said Anthony Matejicka, DO, Chief Medical Officer, Community Medical Center. "This program is elevating patient safety and improves communication caregivers,' he added.
Photo Caption: Staff at the Community Medical Center Centralized Telemetry Monitoring suite provides "constant eyes" on monitors at all times allows allows for the continuous monitoring of a patient's heart rate and rhythm.
About Community Medical Center's Cardiology Services:
Community Medical Center is a recognized leader in cardiac care and is dedicated to reducing the impact of heart disease and improving quality of life by offering a continuum of care that includes prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. With nearly 90,000 visits to the Emergency Department annually, Community Medical Center treats more patients with cardiac disease than any other hospital in NJ without a cardiac surgery program.
Access to the most advanced cardiac care includes a Non-Invasive Cardiac Lab providing diagnostic cardiology services, including Electrocardiogram (EKG), Echocardiogram, Cardioversion, Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram (CCTA), Stress Testing (exercise, nuclear and pharmacological) and 24/28-hour Holter Monitoring. Invasive Diagnostic Services include a Pacemaker Program, Transesophageal Echocardiogram and Cardiac Catheterization services.
Interventional cardiologists on staff perform 2,000 diagnostic cardiac catheterizations in two Cardiac Catheterization Labs. The Labs are fully equipped with digitally-advanced technology to evaluate heart function, the presence of heart disease and the need for further treatment. Annually interventional cardiologists perform over 700 elective angioplasties and an additional 140 emergent angioplasties, which are life-saving angioplasty procedures performed on an emergency basis.
Specialized Cardiac Care is provided in Critical Care inpatient units staffed by highly-experienced cardiologists and nurses. Following discharge, Cardiac Rehabilitation combines the latest concepts of cardiovascular rehabilitation, optimizing the patient's physical, mental, and social abilities.