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The impact of remote patient monitoring in managing silent myocardial infarction in a residential home setting [Anatol J Cardiol]
Anatol J Cardiol. 2007; 7(Suppl 1): 186-188

The impact of remote patient monitoring in managing silent myocardial infarction in a residential home setting

Malcolm Clarke1, Tanja Bratan1, Sadhana Kulkarni2, Russell Jones2
1Brunel University, London
2Chorleywood Health Centre, Chorleywood, UK

Objective: We describe the impact of a remote patient monitoring (RPM) system implemented in residential care homes. Methods: The service was designed to support the staff in managing patients that presented with non-specific symptoms. The system allows vital signs to be transmitted to a central server. The medical professional may then observe the data and provide advice to the staff on optimum management. Our system has been evaluated for 18 months and largely provided routine measurements. Results: During this period, three residents presented with non specific symptoms that were investigated using the RPM system. One patient had symptoms over a weekend, and the problem remained unresolved on Monday. The resident continued to only complain of feeling unwell, but reported no specific symptoms. Vital signs data were then sent and the doctor consulted. The electrocardiogram (ECG) showed significant ST segment changes. Repetitive measurements of the ECG, heart rate, and oxygen saturation of the blood (SpO2) were made every 5 minutes. The resident had a history angina and CHF. The staff were asked to give the patient aspirin and anti-angina drug. The ECG was seen to resolve after 40 minutes, but the SpO2 was falling. The decision to send to hospital was taken at this point. Two further patients with significant ECG changes were observed during the period of the project, and again both were asymptomatic, but in these cases the condition resolved and hospital admission was avoided. Feedback from users has been very positive. Staff found that the system gave them support to make better informed decisions on patient management, especially when determining whether to admit the person to hospital whenreaching end of life. Further comments were that the system also proved useful to reassure relatives during these final stages. Conclusion: Our project demonstrated that significant cardiac events occur in the elderly population of residential homes without symptoms; and that RPM can be used by non medical staff to manage asymptomatic patients in the community.

Keywords: Remote patient monitoring, telemedicine, telehealth

Malcolm Clarke, Tanja Bratan, Sadhana Kulkarni, Russell Jones. The impact of remote patient monitoring in managing silent myocardial infarction in a residential home setting. Anatol J Cardiol. 2007; 7(Suppl 1): 186-188
Manuscript Language: English


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