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Hospital adds new state-of-the-art cardiac patient monitoring system

October 11th, 2013

 

Waldo County General Hospital has a new cardiac patient monitoring system that is getting rave reviews. Part 1 is a screen that sits beside the patient’s bed and shows all vital signs in bright, easy to read numbers along with the patient’s heart rhythms.

 

The new cardiac monitoring system has a large screen with easy to read vitals and heart rhythms. The little box under it, which weighs less than three pounds, just has to be unplugged to follow the patients from department to department.

The new cardiac monitoring system has a large screen with easy to read vitals and heart rhythms. The little box under it, which weighs less than three pounds, just has to be unplugged to follow the patients from department to department.

 

The system allows a nurse to hit a button every 15 minutes for the first two hours after surgery and the results can be viewed on a computer screen at the nurses’ station, instead of having to disturb the patient.

 

Under the screen is Part 2, a small box that records patient data and follows the patient from department to department. It is especially helpful for a patient that may come to the hospital in the Emergency Department and then is transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the inpatient Medical Surgical Unit, the post-surgery recovery area, the Women and Infants Health Care Unit and/or the Radiology Dept.

 

The small box only weighs 2.7 pounds. “It’s portable and a very handy little box,” said an ICU nurse.

 

Besides accompanying a patient through the hospital, all the data in the system can be printed when a patient is discharged and put in his or her chart.

 

“This is the latest technology and it will interface with the new computer system that will be installed in the future,” said Stephanie Mitchell, RN, BSN, who is the Nurse Manager for MSU and ICU. “It’s the best—very user friendly and a great upgrade.”

 

Mitchell and Gail Dudley, RN, who is the Nurse Manager for Perioperative Services, facilitated the selected selection of the new system with input from their nursing staff and physicians.

 

When the system first went on line in mid-August, there were some kinks to work out, but now caregivers like the easy to see numbers on the patient screen. “They are nice and big and can even be enlarged if need be,” said one ICU nurse.

 

The nurse at the ICU desk can watch the cardiac monitoring units for patients in the ICU and on the main patient floor.

The nurse at the ICU desk can watch the cardiac monitoring units for patients in the ICU and on the main patient floor.

 

Nurses in the ICU are also able to monitor the patient screens of their own cardiac patients and also the cardiac patients on the main patient floor.



Posted in Hospital News, October 2013 InPulse

Dental Care awarded grant from athenahealth

October 11th, 2013

David Tassoni, left, the manager of athenahealth locally, presents Belfast Public Health Nurse Shannon Robbins, RN, with a check for $10,000 to help with the services of Waldo County Dental Care. Also on hand for the presentation were Dan Bennett, Director of Operations at Waldo County General Hospital, and Michelle Gallant, the hygienist at Waldo County Dental Care.

David Tassoni, left, the manager of athenahealth locally, presents Belfast Public Health Nurse Shannon Robbins, RN, with a check for $10,000 to help with the services of Waldo County Dental Care. Also on hand for the presentation were Dan Bennett, Director of Operations at Waldo County General Hospital, and Michelle Gallant, the hygienist at Waldo County Dental Care.

 

   Waldo County Dental Care has been awarded a $10,000 grant from athenahealth. Employees in all athenahealth campuses nominate groups for grants under a given category for each quarter. All athenahealth employees vote and the top three are awarded funds. The category for this past quarter was “health clinics.”

 

   Athenahealth employee Donna Berry from the Belfast office nominated Waldo County Dental Care to be on the ballot for the campaign. The Dental Clinic was the only group in Maine to be selected to receive funds for the second quarter 2013 campaign.

 

   According to the nomination sheet, “Waldo County adults who lack dental insurance and have low incomes have difficulty accessing oral health services due to insurmountable cost barriers.  Many of them live with severely rotted, infected teeth and gums which cause them to miss work and/or have difficulty obtaining jobs.”

 

   In response, Waldo County Healthcare has opened Waldo County Dental Care and hired a part-time hygienist to provide cleaning and oral health screening for a small co-payment. Four local dentists have volunteered to provide dental care at vastly reduced rates for those with high priority needs.  The goal of the program is to prevent dental crises from occurring by making affordable preventive and restorative care available in Waldo County by offering a dental “safety net.”



Posted in In the Community, October 2013 InPulse

Waldo County Ride for Oncology

October 11th, 2013

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Posted in In the Community, October 2013 InPulse

Biking for diabetes education

October 11th, 2013

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Posted in In the Community, October 2013 InPulse

WCGH Aid yard sale is Oct. 12

October 11th, 2013

   A fall yard sale will be sponsored by the Waldo County General Hospital Aid on Saturday, October 12th, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, rain or shine, at the hospital’s education center.

 

  This indoor sale offers a full room of bargains on holiday decorations, jewelry, books, puzzles, toys, clothing, craft items, furniture, dishes and ‘white elephant’ items.

 

Call Phyllis Gaul at 548-0232 or Geary Tibbetts at 338-2564 for more information.



Posted in In the Community, October 2013 InPulse

Doctors compete in National Boatbuilding Competition

October 11th, 2013

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As one of his last duties for the hospital, anethesiologist David Arnold D.O., above left, teamed up with orthopedic surgeon Owen Nelson M.D. in the National Boatbuilding Competition as part of the Belfast Harbor Fest in mid-August. Nelson, a former winner in the competition, and Arnold called themselves “We Knees.” They were the 4th team to finish the construction of their skiff, 4th in the quality of building construction, and 3rd in the rowing competition for an overall 4th.



Posted in Hospital News, In the Community, October 2013 InPulse

Great greeting cards for less

October 11th, 2013

The WCGH Aid has some new greeting cards in the gift shop that sell for $1 or less.

The WCGH Aid has some new greeting cards in the gift shop that sell for $1 or less.



Posted in October 2013 InPulse

Disaster training

October 11th, 2013

 

 

The Safety and Security Department at the hospital recently staged a training session to be better able to handle hazardous materials. Far right, the shower that would be used if patients or staff were contamined, was put up and activated.

The Safety and Security Department at the hospital recently staged a training session to be better able to handle hazardous materials. Far right, the shower that would be used if patients or staff were contamined, was put up and activated.

 



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What’s with the blue folders?

October 11th, 2013

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Don’t be surprised if you soon start seeing lots of people with blue folders leaving Waldo County General Hospital and local doctors’ offices. Those blue folders should contain an up-to-date medication list (both prescription and over-the-counter medications), a plan of care document, and essential health information focused on actions the patient should be taking. Also in the folders being taken from the hospital for the first time should be a magnet to put on the patient’s refrigerator stating, “I have a medication list in my Blue Folder.” The blue folder is designed to be taken to every doctor’s or hospital visit and the magnet will let ambulance personnel know to look for the blue folder if they are called to your home in the case of an emergency.



Posted in Hospital News, InPulse, October 2013 InPulse

Making healthy food and exercise fun

October 11th, 2013

Learning about Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 doesn’t really sound like something fun to do at Searsport Elementary School’s summer school program, but it was. Waldo County General Hospital’s Barbara Crowley and Sarah O’Blenes, both health educators, spent two afternoons with the children getting exercise (disguised as playing games) and helping the children create a salad by cutting up fresh vegetables and then tasting it.

 

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Posted in In the Community, October 2013 InPulse


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