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Monica Demers

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Optimizing Medical Device Management

Posted by Monica Demers on May 24, 2016 @ 11:51 AM

Medical devices provide invaluable information to clinicians on a patient’s condition, making them a critical component in the delivery of safe, effective and efficient patient care.  However, managing and maintaining the plethora of medical devices in hospitals is not an easy task for clinical engineers. Compounding this are standards for medical equipment maintenance announced by the Joint Commission to align with updated regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that require hospitals to develop and implement medical equipment plans on all devices.1,2 

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Tags: Medical Device Data, Vital Signs, Patient Monitor, Clinical Engineering

National Nurses Week: Four RNs reveal three HIT trends of tomorrow

Posted by Monica Demers on May 11, 2016 @ 04:29 PM

Celebrate National Nurses Week 2016!

Editor's note: In celebration of National Nurses Week we asked four of our own RNs to share their thoughts on the trends, challenges, and transitions that will impact nurses and healthcare in the next five years.

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Tags: Nurses, National Nurses Week

Keeping your medical devices healthy

Posted by Monica Demers on May 28, 2015 @ 10:24 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

Today’s broad array of sophisticated medical devices helps save countless lives. But nothing’s perfect—just ask your biomedical engineering team!  The management of device operations from an engineering standpoint can be difficult and time consuming in a busy, every-changing hospital environment.  Proper management of medical devices ensures patient safety, while safeguarding the value of costly device assets.  But, according to ECRI’s Top 10 Technology Hazard List, as the number of devices in hospitals expands, they often find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of device recall and safety alerts.

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Tags: Healthcare Technology, Medical Device Information System, Operational Analytics, Medical Device Data, Medical Device Infrastructure

Are you aware that your patient’s ventilator has just disconnected?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 19, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

It’s a thorny issue that’s difficult to defend.  Bedside ventilators become disconnected with some frequency, and the results are often fatal. The device alarms that should notify caregivers about a problem may be incorrectly set or overlooked in the noisy bustle of the hospital floor.  ECRI ranked ventilator disconnection as a Top 10 Health Hazard.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Patient Care, Medical Device Integration, Alarms and Alerts, Health IT, Healthcare Technology, Clinical, Clinical Analytics

Are your care decisions based on comprehensive and accurate data?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 12, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

To err is human--and we are all human after all.  So errors in transcription of medical device data do happen.  Too often, clinicians busy caring for patients scribble down information on slips of paper that may be illegible or are lost by the end of a shift.  Mistakes also happen as data is keyed into an EHR. 

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Tags: Medical Device Integration, Patient Data, Health IT, Clinical Documentation, Vital Signs

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