A cheetah is now roaming the halls of Mercy Hospital Lebanon. No, it’s not a living, breathing feline, but rather a medical device with a reputation for its cat-like speeds.
The Cheetah NICOM, a non-invasive cardiac output monitor, helps evaluate patients’ fluid status to see if they’re dehydrated or if their fluids are overloaded. Fluid assessment is one of the most common challenges in critical care and emergency medicine.
“This new technology helps us optimize how we give patients IV fluids and medications to stabilize them,” said James Day, registered nurse. “It can also be used in a variety of settings: before and during surgery, as well as post-op.”
The cost-effective, portable device includes sensors that are placed on either the patient’s chest or back. Real-time data is then transmitted and available for download to a computer, which can be printed or stored.
As of early December, the Cheetah NICOM is being used on patients in Lebanon who suffer from life-threatening infections or heart failure, as well as trauma patients with immediate needs. The streamlined treatment is expected to allow nurses and physicians to move much more quickly.
“What used to take a few hours will now take mere minutes,” said Day. “This will be beneficial on so many levels. It can be assigned to use on one patient and then do spot-checks on other patients.”
A study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine confirms Cheetah Medical’s high accuracy. It found NICOM’s monitoring system identified acute heart failure in patients who complained of shortness of breath, a common symptom.
“We are blessed to add this state-of-the-art technology at Mercy Hospital Lebanon,” said Judy O’Connor-Snyder, vice president of nursing.
To learn more about the Cheetah NICOM, visit http://www.cheetah-medical.com.