St. David’s North Austin Medical Center First in Texas To Use AvaSys
AUSTIN, Texas – St. David’s North Austin Medical Center recently became the first facility in Texas to protect patients from falls by using the new AvaSys Telesitter Monitor System. The new technology-a mobile video monitoring device-is designed to allow trained medical staff to communicate and observe patients who are at a high risk of falling.
“At St. David’s HealthCare, patient safety is one of our top priorities,” Jane McCurley, chief nursing officer of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, said. “This new technology underscores our commitment to providing patients with the highest level of safety and care using the most advanced technology to redirect patients before a fall occurs.”
The new AvaSys Telesitter Monitor System is equipped with an infrared camera and two-way audio. The device is placed directly into a patient’s room, and trained observers monitor the patient with a live feed at a central location in the hospital. When a patient is at risk of falling in their hospital room, they are redirected by an observer to ensure their safety, and nearby medical staff are alerted with an alarm. The device consists of a privacy cover and can be turned off for patient privacy.
“The AvaSys Telesitter Monitor System will not replace the current safety measures we have in place, including routine patient checks and nurse call buttons,” McCurley, said. “The use of video monitoring technology will enhance these efforts, ultimately increasing patient safety.”
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is currently using ten AvaSys Telesitter Monitor Systems.
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, located at 12221 North Mopac Expressway, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in January 2012 as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The 332-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, as well as a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. In 2012 and 2013, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. St. David’s North Austin Medical Center was named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) for three consecutive years, from 2012 to 2014. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.