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BMH on track with tech upgrades - Medically Speaking, Volume One, Number Nine, 4/10/14

BMH on track with tech upgrades

Advancements in technology have played a major role in allowing healthcare providers to better treat patients and perform necessary tests, and now one of the newest technologies is in use at Blue Mountain Hospital.

Blue Mountain Hospital has been using the Accu-Chek Inform Blood Glucose Meters for some time now. But after a recall of these units by the Food and Drug Administration, the hospital has upgraded its blood glucose meters to the new Accu-Chek Inform II meters.

According BMH Emergency Manager Cari Spillman, the FDA informed the Accu-Chek Inform manufacturer, Roche Diagnostics, late in 2013 that 85,000 of its units had to be recalled and replaced by March 31, 2014. Spillman said she began working to replace the Accu-Chek Inform with the new Accu-Chek Inform II last October. It has taken nearly six months to obtain the new units, bring the new units into compliance, compare their accuracy against samples taken with the old units and other blood samples to make sure the readings are accurate, and also compare these new units to the laboratory analyzer to check for accuracy. In addition, protocols and policies had to be created addressing the use of the new meters, and BMH staff had to be trained and certified on the new units. Spillman said the process is not easy or quick, but BMH now has four units of the new Accu-Chek Inform II in operation.

The new units are easier to use and to read, less intrusive, and they get faster results. The old units required 26 seconds to obtain results of a glucose test. The new units take five seconds to get the same results, Spillman said. The new units are used in various departments throughout the hospital, including the Dialysis Unit, Emergency Room and Operating Room.

According to Spillman the new glucose meters will make a difference in the hospital's ability to test glucose levels and treat patients. And they insure that BMH is in full compliance with the direction of the FDA, regarding these glucose meters.

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