Faculty, staff invited to tour Central Remote Monitoring Unit

July 3, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

After several months of planning and construction, University Hospital and the Frankel Cardiovascular Center are set to open the new Central Remote Monitoring Unit. 

Faculty and staff can check out the unit for themselves at an open house from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 6 and from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Friday, July 7.

The open house will be held in the unit, which is located within Taubman Center, floor B1, room 262.

The new unit will allow patients to be monitored from a remote location by skilled staff who have direct communication to the bedside nurse if any concern should arise. It demonstrates the organization’s preferred approach to delivering skilled cardiac monitoring to the patient regardless of where they are located. 

Technicians monitor cardiac rhythms, pulse oximetry, review alarm history, trends, and perform in depth arrhythmia analysis. Nurses are then notified only when there are actionable alarms, filtering out false alarms that were previously received. 

“The CRM unit will allow us to perform cardiac monitoring in nine new areas of the academic medical center and will increase our organization’s overall monitoring capacity,” said Nick Carsten, central remote monitoring manager. “The pilot of the unit on 5C and 6C here at Michigan Medicine showed a reduction of false alarms by 95 percent. So we are increasing patient safety and providing an extremely beneficial solution for our patient and staff members.”

In addition to patient safety, constant monitoring of patients will improve capacity constraints and patient flow, along with limiting nurse fatigue.

The unit will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and begin with a rolling implementation on July 12. It will be fully completed by July 27.