Alarms set off wired, wireless alerts
By Louise Kinross
TORONTO – Children at Bloorview Kids Rehab who use ventilators to
breathe are the first in Canada to benefit from a rigorous alarm system
that combines wired and wireless technology to alert staff if they
experience airway problems.
Bernoulli monitoring and notification system identifies problems and
automatically forwards alarms with visual and sound alerts to a desktop
computer at the central nursing station and to pagers carried by a
respiratory therapist and clinical nurse leader.
Previously, ventilator problems set off an audible alarm in a box
outside the client’s room, but hearing the alarms was sometimes an issue
and the nurse responding had to take a next step of calling for support
from a respiratory therapist and clinical nurse leader.
“Parents really like the quick notification to the central workstation
and especially the fact that a respiratory therapist and clinical leader
are paged and provide additional support from both disciplines,” says
Chitra Gnanasabesan, the respiratory therapist who led the
The Bernoulli system also monitors client oxygen levels and offers
wireless monitoring of their life-support systems when they’re in their
wheelchairs on the unit or in Bloorview’s school.
A future goal is to work with the manufacturer to develop a remote
surveillance system that allows clients to move freely throughout the
building and on the property outside.
The new system provides richer information and feeds it electronically
into Bloorview’s computer system, thereby reducing the amount of manual
checking and documenting previously performed by nurses.
The system also stores messages so that trends in a child’s medical
problems can be tracked and analyzed. The company supplying the
Bernoulli monitoring solution is Cardiopulmonary Corp., of Milford,
Conn. Cardiopulmonary Corp. designs, develops, and implements medical
enterprise software for life-support critical care medical applications.
Louise Kinross is Communications Manager at Bloorview Kids Rehab in