Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., has incorporated wireless ECG systems in its medical intensive care and cardiac intensive care units and is training staff in the surgical intensive care unit. The LifeSync system features a disposable LeadWear product that enables unrestricted patient mobility and two-way error correction communication of the patient’s heart rhythm with Bluetooth wireless technology.
“Time previously spent on cleaning, untangling, attaching, detaching, and reattaching lead wires every time I moved a patient from one area to another is now spent on quality patient care,” said Rebecca Beveridge, RN, BSN, of MICU/CICU, in a news release.
The disposable LeadWear product is applied to a patient’s torso with standard ECG electrodes. A patient transceiver plugs into the LeadWear product and is worn in an armband or placed in a patient’s hospital gown pocket. The PT transmits ECG to the monitor transceiver. The MT is connected to lead wires that are attached to any patient monitor in the hospital. The MT receives the signal from the PT up to 30 feet or more away.
Parag Patel, DO, and his colleagues — Hetal Gandhi, MD; Sonia Sharma, DO; Beveridge; and Donna Gilski, APN — initiated the effort for the hospital to “go wireless” after investigating electrocardiography lead wires as a reservoir for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The results of the study found 57 organisms detected out of 35 cultures. Of these, 74% were positive for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.