Fort St. John Hospital receives new cardiac monitoring machine

Cardiac and stroke patients in Fort St. John will have an easier time being monitored and sharing data, thanks to a brand new machine at the hospital.

The Merlin on-demand kiosk, courtesy of the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and the Covid #safeathome Fund, allows cardiac patients with an implemented electronic device to "transmit the device data in scheduled follow up checks similar to what happens during in-person visits," said the Foundation in a press release. The information is stored securely, and can be monitored by the patient's healthcare providers. 

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"Also, if a patient presents to emergency department due to shock like symptoms related to the implanted device, these kiosks could be used to interrogate the device remotely to determine whether the patients needs to be transferred to another hospital or could be discharged if stable," the release says.

A kiosk was purchased for the Fort St. John and Terrace hospitals at the request of Dr. Ahmed Yaser, Lead for Chronic Diseases Strategic Initiatives, Cardiac & Stroke, and Regional Chronic Diseases.

They are expected to help 50 patients in Terrace, and 25 patients in the Fort St. John area. 

"The credit goes to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and all the key partners who supported our strategic vision for expanding access to cardiac services in these communities outside Prince George through innovative ways,” Yaser said.

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