Patients often need rest after surgery, but movement is just as important to reduce complications. That’s why ProMedica’s weight loss surgery team is helping patients get back to their lives as soon as possible.
Their newest quality improvement is a pilot telehealth program that allows patients to recover at home.
“What telehealth allows us to do is remotely monitor patients from their home,” said Kim Putnam, ProMedica Home Health Care. “They heal better at home. They would much rather be at home. So that’s our goal.”
Erin Castanien, a patient who recently had bariatric surgery, was one of the first to use the program. After surgery, equipment was placed in her home so that experts could monitor her healing from more than 60 miles away. This meant less time in the hospital and no 3-hour round trip from her home in Sycamore, Ohio.
Each day, Erin took her temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level and other vitals, and the information was transmitted to telehealth nurses in Toledo. She could also talk with the telehealth nurses face-to-face through the telehealth technology.
Programs like these help the weight loss surgery program maintain the highest national accreditation ratings while offering convenient care for patients.
Watch the video above to see how the telehealth technology works.