Previous work on patient surveillance is the result of a collaboration of a multidisciplinary group of engineers, nurses and clinicians to study continuous patient monitoring on general wards. The group has won the ECRI and AMII awards, obtained a grant by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) and authored multiple posters and publications.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is internationally recognized as a worldwide leader in postoperative patient monitoring on regular patient units and has one of the lowest published postoperative respiratory complication rates in the nation. Following our leadership, other health care institutions, such as Vanderbilt, Gainesville, and Mount Sinai, are implementing similar systems with our consultation.
Our group has given presentations nationally and internationally on these topics, including lectures at the National Patient Safety Foundation meeting.
- Taenzer AH, Pyke J, McGrath S, Blike G. Impact of Pulse Oximetry Surveillance on Rescue Events and Intensive Care Unit Transfers: A Before-and-After Concurrence Study. Anesthesiology 112(2):282-7,21, February 2010.
- Taenzer AH. Pyke JB. McGrath SP. A review of current and emerging approaches to address failure-to-rescue. Anesthesiology. 115(2):421-31, August 2011.
- Pyke J, Taenzer AH, Renaud CE, McGrath SP. Developing a continuous monitoring infrastructure for detection of inpatient deterioration. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2012;38(9):428-431, September 2012.
- Taenzer AH, Blike GT. Postoperative Monitoring—The Dartmouth Experience (PDF). APSF Newsletter. 2012; Spring-Summer:1-4.