Home Monitoring System Saves Patient’s Life
When Jacqueline Dickerson woke up with chest pain, she thought about ignoring it. The 78-year-old Stevensville resident figured that she was still feeling the effects of a recent bout of pneumonia. But thanks to the telemonitor in her home, Jacqueline received rapid medical attention that saved her life.
Lakeland Homecare provides telemonitoring technology as a free service to improve the quality of care for patients who meet specific criteria, such as a recent hospitalization or a medical condition that requires frequent monitoring – in the convenience of their home. The monitoring system checks a patient’s vital signs and can be programmed to ask the patient questions. Within minutes, readings are transmitted to clinicians at Lakeland Homecare for review, and nurses can be sent to the patient’s home to follow up on abnormalities.
When Jacqueline’s telemonitor registered that she was experiencing chest pain, Rick Glowacki of Homecare received the reading on his computer and notified Jacqueline’s nurse, Jan Cornforth. Jacqueline was immediately taken to the Emergency Department at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, where she was treated for a pulmonary embolism.
“Without the telemonitor, Jacqueline may not be alive today,” said Rick. “This is a valuable tool that allows us to go into a patient’s home to find out if anything is wrong. We always have a finger on the pulse of what’s happening with patients’ health.”
Today, Jacqueline continues to do well, and is thankful she had the telemonitor in her home. “The system is fantastic and really easy to use,” she said. “It was very helpful to have a better understanding of my health, and to see how my vital signs varied from day to day.”
If you or a loved one could benefit from homecare assistance, ask your physician if the telemonitor can help. For more information, call Lakeland Homecare at (269) 985-4400.