So I have a question for ya'll.
I work in a large pedi cardiac ICU. Being cards a majority of our patients are newborn-toddler however we also have a population of 20-40 year olds (those hypoplasts just keep on living now!). We are soon to be moving into a brand new, technology overloaded unit
One thing that every room will have is a video camera pointed directly at the patient bed. The "purpose" of the cameras is supposed to be able to go back and review events leading to an Event ie code, rapid deploy to ECMO, etc. Concern is where these camera's are just going to be another way to place blame on why something happened, aka the nurse. I see the benefits in reviewing these events to see where we can improve in our processes but something tells me it won't just be for that.
So, wondering if any other units anywhere use a system like this...what you like/dislike about it. Also how would you, the adult patient, feel being videotaped the entirety of your ICU stay whether you were an up and about "walkie talkie" or sedated post op?
I'm interested to hear your thoughts!
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So, those Hypoplasts keep on livin now, huh? I am very very glad to hear it, as my best friend's 6 year old daughter is one. She does wonderfully too, and my friend has her enrolled in studies at CHOP to follow her through her life so that they can see what can help those kids live longer and longer.
So, a 40 year old with HLHS is going to your peds cardiac unit? They do not go to regular cardiac units when they grow up/ Can you share why? Is it because the adult cardiologists have never dealt with the syndrome because as we know for many years kids were not making it that long?
I hope they start to have cardiologists get used to adults living with HLHS, because I have a feeling it is going to keep happening and for much longer.
Lot's of kiddos who had cardiac surgery 20-40 years ago for a variety of defects are living longer now (TOF, HLHS/HRHS, AV canal, truncus etc). They continue to be seen at children's hospitals because people with congenital heart disease are hospitalized for VERY different reasons than adults. These patients also have hearts that look far, far from normal, most typical adult cardiologists and surgeons don't know whats what when looking at these patients ECHO's. The adult hospital right next to us has an adult congenital heart disease program, it is tied to our "Heart Institute" and when these patients need hospitalization 98% of the time they are admitted to the children's hospital and followed by both services. Most of the adults say they would rather be hospitalized in the children's hospital anyways.
They oldest hypoplast being followed at my hospital currently is 33 years old. This is not the norm but being he was operated on almost 40 years ago outcomes for these patients being operated on in the last 10 years are looking better and better.
Last edit by umcRN on Oct 30, '11