Central Fetal Monitoring System
The Hospital Foundation is fundraising for the purchase of a Central Fetal Monitoring System for a cost of $74,422.35.
Electronic Fetal Monitors (EFM) help staff measure fetal heart rates during pregnancy, labour, and birth to assess the baby’s wellbeing. Currently, in our hospital EFM are captured through bedside monitors and print paper records and can only be viewed at the machine. With enhanced EFMs, a central monitoring station allows multiple members of the healthcare team to view these records at any location. A number of electronic features will also ensure additional peace of mind to labouring mothers.
The most important thing during labour and delivery is response time when there is a concern.
Our goal now is to meet the need for a Central Fetal Monitoring System for every mother and child in labour and delivery. It will provide a vital window into the womb and gives valuable medical information to the care team such as:
- Remote on-line monitoring of every baby’s heart rate and the mother’s uterine contractions and vital signs.
- “Real-time” assessment – physicians can instantly access all data from a smartphone, home, or office.
- Important qualitative diagnostic aid for time-critical, life-saving decisions, and interventions.
- Electronic medical record allows the archiving of data, which will allow nurses to spend more time with patients.
- The monitoring data may be archived electronically for up to 30 years.
- Nurses can view all monitors at one time.
- Electronic charting of mother and baby can begin from the time the mother arrives as a pre-delivery patient through delivery and then as a postpartum patient and allows for a new electronic chart to be started on the baby while in the nursery.
The ability to quickly review, assess, and interpret records is important. Upgrading to an electronic system of fetal monitoring will introduce a number of features not available with the current, paper-based systems:
- preset alarms that alert care teams to potential issues
- electronic access to view information from multiple locations
- support integration of all information to track, analyze, and act upon, thereby increasing safety and quality of care
- reduced risk of user error through the elimination of the paper-based system
If this interests you and you feel you can help us reach our goal, please visit our donation page. Thank you!
Practice Readiness Centre
Simulation is a training technique which enables learners to practice and master individual and team skills to enhance the quality of care and improve patient safety.
Benefits of Practice Readiness Centre:
- Training facility for all staff and physicians
- Develops confidence in safe learning environment
- Freedom to learn from mistakes without causing patient harm
- Train and prepare for high risk situations
- Can bridge the gap between text book learning and real-life situations.
The best way for staff to respond calmly in emergency situations is to be well-trained so they feel confident providing the best possible diagnosis and treatment outcomes. Training scenarios ultimately benefit patients by helping provide quality care gained by keeping medical knowledge current.
The Practice Readiness Centre provides staff of all disciplines the opportunity to learn and practice in a safe setting. The Centre is equipped in a family of computerized mannequins who mimic a variety of scenarios including trauma and other clinical situations. The equipment that is needed for a Practice Readiness Centre will contribute to a realistic learning environment. This will increase skill and result in a high level of patient care.