BRUNSWICK — Parkview Adventist Medical Center recently went live with a new patient monitoring system for its cardiac patients.

According to a news release, Parkview is the first hospital in Maine to utilize the company Nihon Kohden’s state of the art patient monitoring system, and the first in New England to receive the latest model of wireless telemetry monitoring, with features designed to improve clinical workflow.

The ergonomically designed ambulatory transmitters offer a built-in color screen that provides real-time viewing of vital signs information and full disclosure of the previous 10 minutes of monitoring. The devices monitor ECG, respiration and blood oxygen saturation.

“We believe this new generation of transmitters is very unique in the industry and allows the clinicians to have better information at the point of care, which will allow quicker intervention and lead to better outcomes,” said Mike Dashefsky, vice president of Nihon Kohden America.

In addition to the body-worn transmitters, Parkview’s patient monitoring solution includes bedside monitors for use in their Emergency Department and ICU. The wireless telemetry can be utilized in these departments, as well as in the Medical/Surgical unit and in the Imaging and Diagnostics areas.

“The automation of vital sign collection is going to allow every opportunity to respond faster to critical changes in patient vital signs,” said Dr. Matt Mechtenberg, Parkview hospitalist and chief of the medical staff. “We are monitoring patients specifically identified to be at a higher risk for adverse events.”

“Patients may be satisfied most with the freedom the wireless transmitters allow them since they continually monitor a patient’s vital signs as they move around the hospital,” added Peggy Stratton, vice president of Clinical Services and chief nursing officer at Parkview.

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