What if your doctor could know in advance about a possible heart event you will be experiencing, and could change your medication and treatment to try to head it off? Well, the Cardiac 360, being introduced at BridgePort Healthcare Center, part of the CommuniCare family of companies, does just that.
“It basically can detect symptoms up to two weeks before they actually onset on the patient,” Hugh Brisker, Director of Public Relations, said.”This allows the doctor to make some medication changes, request some more tests, that helps prevent rehospitalization.”
Rehospitalization is a major issue in the medical field today.
The Cardiac 360 program will offer care professionals a tool to noninvasively and inexpensively manage residents with complex disease, at bedside, with technology similar to that of a Swan-Ganz catheter. The device is capable of precisely measuring cardiac output in patients, up to 14 days prior to the onset of the first symptom.
“Heart failure is the leading cause of readmissions to the hospitals. With this technology, our facility can treat patients before the symptoms develop,” Brisker said.
Brisker said the equipment is a product of a company called Complex Care, which is owned by the parent company of BridgePort, CommuniCare, which means they own the rights to the machine.
The device is attached to a laptop computer, with sensors placed on the patient’s wrists. The device runs a program to test the hemodynamics within the patient’s cardiac system, measuring how the heart is working before, during and after blood goes into it. Within minutes, the device provides the patient’s full cardiac picture, with myriad benefits.
Along with the addition of the Cardiac 360 Program, BridgePort also houses a Connections Unit, a CommuniCare original concept that is designed for patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses. The Connections Unit offers specialized programs implemented by life enrichment specialists who act as liaisons between patients and the Alzheimer’s Association.
BridgePort also offers an Advance 360 Program, which focuses on healing the mind, body and soul by combining clinical expertise and the soothing aesthetics and amenities of a boutique hotel or spa.
Brisker said the addition of the Cardiac 360 program to BridgePort will be an asset to the care and monitoring of CommuniCare residents, those with known heart failure, as well as many previously undiagnosed residents. The device reduces the patients risk of death due to heart failure and is preventative in the onset of heart disease or heart failure.
BridgePort Healthcare is a skilled nursing center, offering short-term recovery, rehabilitation services and long-term care, located at 2125 Royce St., Portsmouth and can be reached at 740-354-6635.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.