There is a long list of decisions to make when adopting new technology in a hospital unit, and transcutaneous monitoring is no exception. Some of the most overlooked decisions in our experience are those around mounting and storing the devices both during monitoring, while not in use, as well as for performing maintenance.
These can seem like minor things, but having a plan in place for where monitors will be kept can make the adoption go much more smoothly.
1. Decide how and where your transcutaneous monitors will be placed when they are in use monitoring patients.
Some facilities plan their adoption to include a Sentec transcutaneous monitor at every bedside, mounting them to a wall or pole mount, utilizing the relevant mounting plates and adaptors.
Others utilize roll stands to ensure that some or all of their monitors are mobile, can travel with patients from unit to unit, and can keep their unit as flexible as possible while keeping CO2 values in sight. These solutions may also affect the length of the sensor cables you choose to order or the additional accessories you may need, attachment rings, or alcohol wipes. Once you’ve finalized how you want to use the transcutaneous monitors at the bedside, you can consider storage and maintenance.
2. Consider how transcutaneous monitors may be stored when not in use.
While most Sentec customers have their devices in use constantly, patient census and patient needs are always changing, and you may have some monitors on “standby.” While counterintuitive, Sentec transcutaneous monitors work best and consume less service gas when kept powered on 24/7. Keeping the monitor on with the sensor inside helps the monitors consume minimal gas while keeping the sensor calibrated and ready for immediate use. This means the ideal storage solution includes a power supply to accommodate your fleet of monitors. For some facilities, there is a hallway where the monitors on roll stands are kept plugged in next to not-in-use ventilators. Other departments carve out part of their service or supply room to keep the monitors with other supplies like additional sensors and membrane changers. Whatever you decide, choosing in advance can make installation run smoothly.
3. Make a plan for where you will keep your inventory and where you will service your transcutaneous monitors.
Sensors will require membrane changes every 28 days or so, and most customers prefer to perform those in a supply room or other back room as opposed to at the bedside. While we strive to limit issues, you may encounter a scenario where a member of your team needs to troubleshoot and perhaps call service to resolve a problem.
Transcutaneous monitors and sensors also need routine maintenance – designating where these types of activities should take place and ensuring the correct supplies are there can make all the difference. sure you have a plan for how monitors will be placed or mounted at the bedside. We have multiple options, from our mobile roll-stand to bedside mounts, that help keep the monitor and CO2 values in sight.
This bag features a zipper top that can be opened for monitoring during patient transport, as well as a Velcro®5 bottom which can be quickly pulled open to access the monitor’s rear panel.
Specifically designed compartments for:
Sentec Digital Monitor (SDM)
Cables (sensor adapter cables / power cable)
Disposables and documents
Clothing Clip for Sensor Cable
To clip sensor cables to clothing or linens.
2 pieces / case Clip for the fixation of any/all Sentec sensor cables on patient clothing or bed linens. Promotes proper cable organization to help reduce strain and prevent dislocation of the sensor.
Roll Stand for the Sentec Digital Monitor
A durable, lightweight mobile mounting option.
Roll stand for the SDM with integrated basket and cable cleat. This stand provides a durable and lightweight mobile mounting option for your monitor, complete with an attached basket to accommodate additional supplies and encourage proper sensor cable storage. Locking castors and a pivoting head allow adjustment for enhanced viewing.
Universal Mounting Plate for Infusion Stands and Wall Railings
Fix monitors to narrow stands.
For the fixation of the SDM to infusion stands or other rigid tubes or poles with diameters from 12mm to 36mm / 0.5” to 1.5” or to wall railings with standard dimensions of 25mm / 1” height and 10mm/0.4” thickness.
Mounting Plate for Wall Railings
To fix monitor to wall railings.
For the fixation of the SDM to wall railings with standard dimensions of 25mm to 35mm / 1” to 1.4” height and 8mm to 10mm / 0.3“ x 0.4“ thickness.
Mounting Plate for Roll Stand with Heads & Adapter Plates
To fix monitor to roll stands, or adapter plates.
For the fixation of the SDM to roll stand heads or adapter plates. Compatible with GCX-Vesa 75 to 100mm Adapter Plate and GCX Polymount Roll Stand.
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