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Published on February 28, 2011

University of Colorado Hospital Enhances NICU Clinical Decision Making

New Equipment Improves Caregiver Access to Patient Information and Supports NICU-Specific Clinical Priorities

Aurora, Colo. – University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)  is one of the first in North America to use an advanced monitoring system to improve the care and clinical decision making for its smallest patients, premature babies.

The GE Healthcare CARESCAPE™ Monitor B850 is considered the company’s latest advance in bedside monitoring. Deployed in UCH’s 50-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Neonatal OR, the CARESCAPE Monitor B850 enables access to critical patient information from any bedside monitor anywhere in the unit. UCH uses the technology for more accurate NICU clinical measurements, and to help support its goal of aggressively addressing common premature infant complications.

About 12.8 percent of all babies are considered pre-term, representing a 36 percent higher incidence than in the 1980s. The CARESCAPE Monitor B850 is easily customized to address these growing NICU clinical demands, as well as the gestational age and weight of each patient.

 

 

Providing real-time access to critical patient data

“Neonates are particularly fragile patients whose vital signs change quickly, so real-time access to patient monitoring data is critical,” said Christy Math, MS, RNC-NIC, Clinical Nurse Manager, NICU, at UCH. “We need efficient ways to access relevant critical information. This kind of technology supports our ‘grow in place’ care model where patients remain in the same room throughout their entire NICU stay, helping enhance patient comfort and overall efficiencies.”

With the CARESCAPE Monitor B850, UCH staff can flex monitoring capabilities up or down depending on the patient’s needs. Visual alarming can replace sounds to reduce disruptive bedside noise, helping support a developmentally appropriate environment. Large displays and remote controls enable caregivers to view monitoring screens from across the patient room. When an alarm occurs, nurses can remotely view the clinical information without leaving the patient’s side, helping streamline workflow and making it easier to care for their patients.

In addition to supporting caregivers, the CARESCAPE Monitor B850 helps keep parents informed of their baby’s overall condition. Neonates are initially covered and protected in a setting that mimics the environment of the uterus, which means parents have limited ability to view or hold their child. The monitors can help parents watch their baby’s clinical status, while the infant remains in an enclosed environment, shielded from disruptive lights and sounds.

About University of Colorado Hospital

The University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region's leading academic medical center. It is ranked among the top 10 academic medical centers in the United States by the University HealthSystem Consortium  and is ranked as one of the country’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. It is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to patients’ bedsides. Based on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the hospital’s physicians are affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system.  

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

Contact: Erika Matich, 720-848-7852 or erika.matich@ucdenver.edu