New computer system allows for more patient time

New computer system allows for more patient time


Rockford Memorial Hospital’s surgery department performs more than 12,000 procedures each year, and that number continues to grow. Now the surgical staff has another high-tech tool to document a patient’s care. The benefit is even higher quality health care for the patients.

When a patient comes to Rockford Memorial Hospital for a surgical procedure, his or her vital signs (blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation) are taken and manually entered onto the medical record. Once the patient enters the operating room, a new system automatically records the readings from the monitor to a computer. This process follows them into recovery. This unique system eliminates paperwork for nurses and allows for more time to be spent with patients. This accurate information is crucial for the patients’ care by physicians and other health care professionals.

Once a patient is transferred out of recovery, the report is printed and placed on the medical record for review by a physician or nurse caring for the patient. This record contains an accurate and legible chronological record of all events and vital signs that occurred during the course of the patient’s stay in surgery.

Rockford Memorial Hospital is the only hospital to have this unique system.

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