Humility of Mary Health Partners Installs AvaSys
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — On Thursday, the staff at Humility of Mary Health Partners’ three hospitals will wheel in a new device, the AvaSys TeleSitter Monitor System, into a number of its hospital rooms.
“We have a lot of other safety measures in place, but this is actually the ultimate tool we can use,” said Debby Stubbs with Humility of Mary Health Partners.
All of the facilities associated with Catholic Health Partners will have the TeleSitter monitors installed by the end of summer. Humility of Mary Health Partners has purchased 33 monitors. Eighteen will be installed at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. St. Elizabeth’s in Boardman will receive nine and St. Joseph Health Center in Warren will receive six.
“There is a microphone actually in the camera and they can talk to the patients. If they see somebody getting out of bed they can say, ‘Mr. Smith please get back in bed. If you need something I’ll get your nurse’,” said Stubbs.
While nurses do hourly checks on patients, they aren’t always able to be in a patient’s room when he or she needs help. The AvaSys TeleSitter will allow trained staff members to monitor patients at all three hospitals from a central monitoring room at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
“We do get some concern from patients, ‘I don’t want that video recorder in with my loved one.’ Well, it’s not a video recorder. It’s strictly a live feed, very similar to Skype or something else that people might be more familiar with, that runs off the wireless system here in the hospital,” said Amie Kenyon with AvaSure.
The machine is equipped with infrared technology that will allow the staff to monitor patients at night. STAT alerts alarms can be activated when an observer witnesses patients putting themselves at risk. The AvaSys can be turned off at any time for patient privacy.