Giving pediatric patients a lot of extra TLC

Nemours Children’s Hospital integrates Axis cameras into the heart of critical patient care to augment health assessment and accelerate emergency response

“With Tactical Logistics Center paramedics continuously monitoring patients in the neonatal intensive care unit through the Axis cameras – seeing how they’re doing and how they’re acting – clinicians feel like they can leave the room to care for another sick child without fear that they’re leaving the patient unattended.” Dr. Al Torres, Medical Director of Clinical Logistics and Respiratory Care.

Mission

Like all medical facilities, Nemours Children’s Hospital continuously monitors patients’ vital signs. But patient health can’t always be assessed by clinical data alone. Seeing the minute changes in a patient’s color or noting increased restlessness can be a sign of escalating problems. Since it would be impossible for medical staff to be in every patient’s room simultaneously, the hospital wanted to install video cameras in each room so that paramedics remotely monitoring patient vitals could also visually see if the child was in distress and call for immediate medical attention.

Solution

Nemours created a Tactical Logistics Center (TLC) – also known as the Clinical Logistics Center – where a rotating team of paramedics continually checks patient vital signs through a central monitoring system. In addition to the clinical data, the TLC integrates live streaming video from Axis network cameras in each patient’s room through Epic software. Designed with wide dynamic range for great forensic detail in both bright and poor light conditions, the Axis cameras help paramedics detect small changes in a patient’s health, sometimes even before vital signs indicate that there is a problem.

Result

Paramedics at the TLC use the Axis cameras to monitor over 100 in-patients in the hospital’s Orlando location as well as over 150 beds in its sister hospital, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, in Wilmington, Delaware. They’ve observed patients at the very moment they’ve gone into seizure and immediately activated a code blue that sent a medical team rushing to the patient’s bedside in time to avert brain damage. In one instance, the cameras revealed a mother attempting to smother her child. The paramedics instantly alerted the rapid response team to intervene.

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