Telistat™ Restorative Care Unit at Loretto Health & Rehabilitation

The first of its kind in Central New York Loretto’s Restorative Care Unit (RCU) now offers 25 beds designed to help those recovering from major cardiac surgery and diagnoses requiring hemodynamics and telemonitoring, to rehab more comfortably in a more home-like setting, resulting in quicker recovery and reduced hospital readmissions.

Monitoring Your Care

Patients benefit from noninvasive monitoring of their cardiac performance through state-of-the-art telemetry. This includes the ability to monitor essential vital signs in real-time, enabling physicians to intervene immediately in serious medical situations.

Every patient admitted to the unit is outfitted with a portable WIFI/cellular cardiac monitor which registers real-time data 24 hours a day, including when patients are in therapy. The information is transmitted to a central nursing station where our team has immediate access to any change in a patient’s status or condition. And if any changes occur, we now offer NEW ReDS Technology and Telehealth Monitoring!

Monitoring

The RCU’s comprehensive real-time observation includes monitoring of:

  • Blood pressure
  • Pulse & pulse oximetry
  • Lung Fluid
  • ST elevation/depression
  • Systemic vascular resistance
  • Stroke volume
  • Cardiac rhythm
  • Cardiac output
  • Cardiac index

Patient Benefits

Patients admitted to Loretto’s TRCU have comfortable rooms, experienced staff, advanced technology and bene t from a smaller RN to patient ratio which enables staff to deliver hands-on, personalized care and supervision. A multitude of rehabilitation services are available to help patients get back on their feet quickly.

Expert Staff

Professionally trained registered nurses are an integral component of the TRCU, which has an approximate 6:1 staff ratio. They are certified in advanced cardiac life support, intravenous IV insertion and have telemetry expertise. Patients are cared for by an interdisciplinary team and clinical oversight by a cardiologist consultant and intensivist is available 24/7.

Loretto Health & Rehabilitation 700 East Brighton Avenue Syracuse, New York 13205 315.413.3400

Telemedicine

The RCU is equipped with telemedicine technology, which allows staff to deliver real-time care to a patient via electronic communication, essentially doctoring from a distance.

The specialized equipment includes image automation software, video monitors and high-definition cameras to capture the most intricate details. This innovative technology brings timely medical assessments to the patients, versus taking the patients out of their environment for treatment.

In addition to enabling the care between physician and patient, the HIPAA-compliant software allows medical personnel and family members to take part in the care planning.

Telehealth Technology 

How it Works

Each participant receives a lightweight, disposable patch that collects and monitors basic vital signs like pulse, heart rate, blood pressure and temperature. The system also has the capacity to detect early warning signs of some health issues such as chronic heart failure, COPD, pneumonia and sepsis.

Existing residents and newly admitted residents who show first signs of health issues would benefit the most. The data tracked by the patch is monitored 24/7 by physicians and clinical staff at a dedicated monitoring site.

Quick Stats

Loretto first launched ImagineMIC at its Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly in Central New York (PACE-CNY) in summer 2019. This program has already seen a 67% reduction in hospitalization in 2019 (compared to 2018), saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Several participants in the telehealth program at PACE-CNY also reported fewer symptoms, such as shortness of breath, and reported better adherence to their medications because the technology is able to detect issues faster and contact a medical professional more quickly and easily.

The new technology has also shown that a third of ImagineMIC calls to medical professionals were made after hours on weekdays and another third of ImagineMIC calls to medical professionals were made on weekends – times when the only other options for medical care are urgent care or an emergency department.

Trained Staff on Site

Each telehealth participant will be guided by trained staff in the use of the body-worn sensor. More than 20 of Loretto’s telehealth staff went through hours of comprehensive training to assist with the sensor application and daily monitoring.

Admissions Process

Patients who meet the appropriate criteria for the TRCU are accepted into the unit on a daily basis. Tours of the unit are available.

For more information, contact Loretto Health & Rehabilitation at 315.413.3400.

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