2004-08-13 / Community

PHC Expands Telemetry Beds

Collaborating at one of the monitor stations in the new Telemetry Unit are: left to right - Augusta Piligan, R.N., Narendra Hadpawat, M.D. (Director of Medicine), Melanie Zipagan, R.N. (Nurse Manager), Evelyn Soto (Nursing Monitor Technician) and Maureen Horowitz, R.N.
Collaborating at one of the monitor stations in the new Telemetry Unit are: left to right - Augusta Piligan, R.N., Narendra Hadpawat, M.D. (Director of Medicine), Melanie Zipagan, R.N. (Nurse Manager), Evelyn Soto (Nursing Monitor Technician) and Maureen Horowitz, R.N. Peninsula Hospital Center has recently expanded its telemetry – monitored bed – unit to accommodate more patients who require 24-hour cardiac monitoring. The entire wing of the hospital designated 3-East has been redesigned as the telemetry unit.

The additional 10 monitored beds, bringing the total cardiac monitored beds to 25, will significantly reduce the amount of time a critically ill patient will have to wait for admission from the Emergency Room. Looking a little like one of the rooms at NASA, the new Spacelabs state-of-the-art monitors provide the physicians and nurses the ability to view a patient’s comprehensive “beat-to-beat” activity, 24 hours a day. Many of these beds are also equipped with automatic blood pressure monitoring and oxymetery. Utilizing a team of Critical Care Nurses, specially trained Monitor Technicians and Nursing Assistants, a new collaboration with physicians, case managers, dieticians and social workers has been implemented to provide the highest quality care. All RN’s assigned to this unit have completed coronary care courses, BCLS, ACLS and have received a special critical care orientation.

Dr. Narendra Hadpawat, Director of Medicine at the Hospital Center, praises the new unit. “Peninsula Hospital Center treats many critically ill and elderly patients who require 24-hour monitoring. Many of these patients arrive at the hospital through the Emergency Department and often times in the past, have had to wait long periods of time in the E.D. until a suitable bed became available. This newly expanded unit along with the up-to-date monitoring technology and specially trained staff enables us to admit the patients more quickly and efficiently.” The Nurse Manager of the telemetry unit, Melanie Zipagan, RN, agrees with Dr. Hadpawat. “This new technology allows us to be fully prepared to provide excellent care for the many sick cardiac and pulmonary patients. It is truly a collaborative effort.”

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