Kiosk delivers big upgrade
Thursday, 11th September, 2014
Members of the Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary saw their fundraising go to good use yesterday.
The money raised from the Auxiliary was $160,000, and they directed their annual fundraising efforts for a single major purchase.
Auxiliary members voted to support one hospital project instead of the usual practice of buying a variety of items chosen from the hospital's wish list.
The fundraising was directed towards replacing and upgrading a patient clinical monitoring system in the hospital.
The hospital's Phillips Central Monitoring System was upgraded and Auxiliary members were given a close-up look at the new system being installed.
The system consists of central monitoring stations in the emergency department, intensive care and paediatric unit, which are linked to bedside monitors in the unit displaying patient information that can be monitored at the staff station.
The central monitors were replaced and 26 bedside monitors (including some in Operating Theatre and Recovery) will be upgraded to the latest hardware and software revisions.
Two telemetry monitors - small transmitters a patient can wear while walking around - have also been purchased as part of the project.
These allow the patient to be monitored at the staff station.
Acting Nurse Unit Manager for the Paediatric Ward, Zoe Tonkin said the donation allowed nurses to monitor sick patients.
"We didn't have a monitoring system previously. We had to do regular observations," Ms Tonkin said.
"Having patients continually monitored will allow us to see changes as they happen."
Ms Tonkin said the system has the ability to shorten the length of hospital visits. "We can monitor patients more closely and get on top of the problem; quickly," she said.