St. Louis VA Opens Redesigned Heart Station - VA St. Louis Health Care System
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St. Louis VA Opens Redesigned Heart Station

Staff monitor patients critical heart readings using the new monitors

Staff monitor patients critical heart readings using the new monitors

Friday, April 1, 2011

St. Louis VA Medical Center is proud to announce the opening of the newly redesigned Heart Station.  This new, expanded Heart Station features an upgraded system for patient monitoring.  The redesigned area also expands the telemetry unit and provides an additional 28 beds with monitoring capability.

This Heart Station features a custom-designed area, specifically created to display eight monitors (six cardiac monitors and two PCs) at a comfortable angle for monitoring. The first stage of the redesign expands the telemetry unit and opens an additional 28 beds for monitoring; now providing a total of 56 beds at the John Cochran Division. The new, state-of-the-art Heart Station is fully capable of expanding telemetry throughout the house.

In addition to doubling our capacity of telemetry beds this month, St. Louis VAMC is also adding “full disclosure monitoring” to the services we provide for cardiac physicians. “Full disclosure monitoring” is a system of EKG storage whereby 72 hours of EKG readings for each monitored patient is maintained for immediate review. This becomes especially critical when assessing arrhythmia trends, or correlating the patient’s symptoms with EKG changes. Our new Spacelabs system allows the St. Louis VAMC healthcare provider to track a patient’s entire arrhythmic history from presentation at the Emergency Room through the intensive care units and onto telemetry as the full disclosure system is not lost during room changes as is typical with other arrhythmia monitoring systems.

Rima Nelson, St. Louis VAMC Director, stated the new Heart Station expands the scope of cardiac monitoring that we are able to perform and provides a much greater level of diagnostic services for Veterans receiving care at the St. Louis VAMC.  We are extremely happy to have this advanced technology to offer our Veterans.


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