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Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012 4:30 pm

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center has become the first hospital in the Valley to install and implement electronic Intensive Care monitoring in its post-anesthesia unit.

The 22-bay unit is where patients are cared for after surgery as they come out of anesthesia. Patients may remain in the unit for up to two hours after surgery before they are transported to the appropriate unit. The same technology has been in operation in all of the hospital’s Intensive Care rooms.

Two post-anesthesia bays have been outfitted with the technology, which consists of a high-resolution camera and two-way communications via microphones on the camera and in the bay. The patient is monitored by specially trained intensive care nurses and physicians at a central station at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa.

The ceiling camera can look at the patient in a detailed manner and see the color of the skin, the armband on the patient, check blood values, see what is hanging on their IV pumps and can do a complete physician exam with the support of the hospital staff. There is also a button in each bay to alert the monitoring physician that help is needed.

“There are times when a patient comes out of a surgical procedure in the evening or on a weekend that may be a scheduled or emergency case,” said Dr. Joshua Bloomstone. “Some of these are highly acute patients that need special care and special observation.”

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