Masimo has announced that Massena Memorial Hospital (MMH) of Massena, New York, has adopted Masimo Root and Patient SafetyNet.
The hospital is integrating Root with wearable rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximeter Radius-7 and Patient SafetyNet to implement a wireless monitoring, patient data automation, and supplemental remote clinician notification system that will be used in all medical-surgical units.
MMH is a full-service 50-bed acute-care community hospital located in northern New York with a medical staff of over 50 physicians in over 15 specialties. With more than 400 health care employees and 6 outreach clinics, MMH is the second largest employer in the town of Massena.
Masimo Patient SafetyNet is a supplemental remote monitoring and clinical notification system that enables information from bedside and tetherless wearable (when used with Radius-7) monitors, which use Masimo SET and rainbow noninvasive blood constituent monitoring technologies, to be accessible from different locations than patients, and relays alarm notifications to clinicians, wherever they may be. Masimo Measure-through Motion and Low Perfusion SET pulse oximetry addresses the challenges of low perfusion and motion artifact that limit conventional pulse oximetry, and has been shown to significantly reduce false alarms and increase true alarm detection, helping allow clinicians to focus on the patients and alarms that need the most attention. In 2016, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, which has been using Masimo SET pulse oximetry and Patient SafetyNet as part of a comprehensive alarm management strategy in all medical-surgical units for 10 years, reported achieving a 50 percent reduction in unplanned ICU transfers and a 60 percent reduction in rescue events over those 10 years, despite increases in patient acuity and occupany.
Another important feature to MMH is the ability of Root, in conjunction with Patient SafetyNet, to automate the transfer of patient vital signs, including temperature and blood pressure, to the hospital’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, which may help improve nursing workflows.
“The Masimo vital sign monitoring system will provide many benefits to the patients and staff of the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric unit,” said Lisa Susice, MSN, RN, ICU/Med-Surg/Pediatric Nursing Director, MMH. “To be able to combine the ability to monitor our active patients in medical-surgical units reliably with the time-saving ability to transmit pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate, and oxygen saturation values automatically into the patients’ electronic medical records allows our nurses to spend more time nursing our patients, instead of scribing and potentially being delayed in responding to patient alarms. Our staff, who have previously had to manually transcribe the information from the vital sign machine to a paper record, then eventually key it into the electronic record, will save many steps. Additionally, staff will be able to have a quick, real-time glance at each connected patient’s pulse, respirations, and oxygen saturation from monitors strategically placed throughout the floor.”
“We are again excited to invest in technology that is focused on patient safety and will improve the working conditions of our nurses,” added Ralene North, Chief Nursing Officer, MMH. “The less time a nurse spends dealing with false alarms or entering data into the system, the more time that can be spent at the bedside attending to the personal and educational needs of the patient.”
Root with Noninvasive Blood Pressure and Temperature is available with Radical-7 or Radius-7 Pulse CO-Oximeters. Radius-7 provides continuous tetherless wearable monitoring so that patients can have freedom of movement while being monitored. Monitoring parameters from Radical-7 or Radius-7 are sent to Patient SafetyNet through Root, allowing for hospital-wide remote monitoring, automated documentation of patient data in the EMR, and supplemental remote clinician notification of alerts and alarms.
“Massena Memorial Hospital has long been a valued Masimo customer, and with this additional investment, they are continuing to focus on patient safety,” stated Joe Kiani, Founder and CEO of Masimo. “Continuous monitoring in the post-surgical ward has been shown to reduce preventable death. In addition, automating the transmission of vital signs data can help to improve workflow and reduce incomplete and erroneous medical records. We applaud Massena Memorial Hospital for leading the way in patient safety.”