Fluoroscopy, Anesthesia, Telemetry Among Equipment Upgrades Assisting with Patient Care
The quality of care patients receive from the Gritman Medical Center Radiology Department hasn’t changed over the past century.
The quality of cameras being used to identify problems and treat patients, however, that’s changed quite a bit.
Medical expertise and caring medical staff increasingly combine with advanced technology to treat and evaluate patients at Gritman. A new fluoroscopy imaging system, along with equipment including IV pumps, telemetry and anesthesia machines, ensure continuation of the exceptional care model that has been at the heart of our philosophy for nearly 125 years.
The high-resolution nature of the fluoroscopy images means doctors can get a real-time look at the bones and organs of each patient—helping quickly diagnose a variety of conditions from digestive issues to pain management.
“Now we’re able to see real-time movement, so you can evaluate joints better, you can evaluate how bowels move or soft tissues move over time, so that helps us with our diagnosis,” Radiologist Dr. Christin Reisenauer said.
In addition to the more advanced and higher resolution images, Dr. Reisenauer notes the machine is able to rest lower to the ground, making it easier for patients to get on and off the examination bed. The system is also more precise, making doses more exact to the patient and the procedure.
“This is a fantastic piece of equipment, we’re really excited to have it here,” she said.
Acquired with generous support from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the equipment is one of several aimed at improving the patient care experience for those who choose Gritman.
Advanced Technology: Better Patient Experiences with State of the Art Tools
Investments in technology by the hospital ensure patients are looked after using the most advanced equipment. Recent upgrades include:
Our CRNA team practices on new GE brand anesthesia machines installed in each of Gritman’s four surgical operating rooms. The anesthesia machines regulate chemicals and gases that either keep patients asleep or numb during a surgery.
“Our four new anesthesia machines are the most state of the art in the area,” said Cynthia Knudtson, Materials Management Director for the hospital. “As we grow as an institution, that will become more of the norm that we look at.”
Monitoring patients’ vital signs through the hospital’s telemetry system gives medical staff better insights into an admitted patient’s care and condition, no matter where they are treated in the hospital.
The telemetry system, installed in 2021, works as a connected patient monitoring network and allows patients to move throughout the patient care areas of the hospital including the Critical Care Unit, Family Birth Center and Medical/Surgical Floor.
“This patient monitoring gives us state-of-the-art visualization into what’s going on with the patient,” Knudtson said.
New IV pumps, which regulate medications and fluids to patients in a hospital bed, ensure hydration and medication management is attuned to the specific needs of each and every patient.
As Materials Management Director, Knudtson was able to negotiate a better price for the upgraded machines, saving the hospital funding to devote to patient care and giving medical staff the latest tools to complete advanced procedures. It’s exciting to bring these kinds of advances and amenities to the Palouse in service of patients, she said, putting Gritman on par with large hospital systems in bigger communities.
“For a small hospital and the types of surgeries that we do, we’ve gained a lot of clarity and the ability to see what’s going on with the patient in real time,” Knudtson said.
Pictured at top: Patients of Gritman Radiology are benefitting greatly from advanced technology including our fluoroscopy machine purchased with support from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Other recent advanced technology upgrades include anesthesia machines used by our CRNA team, IV pumps and a new telemetry system.