Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Transitional Care Center treats kids with complex conditions that can require tracheotomies or other help with their breathing, and thus need constant observation. The U-shaped physical layout of the unit posed a problem: Patients at the end of the hallway are far from the nursing station and difficult to monitor.
In a recent renovation, the hospital added a central monitoring room with a video and vitals monitoring system. A medical tech watches up to 19 patients on a real-time, high-definition video surveillance system, similar to those used in retail stores and office buildings. The tech also monitors a patient's EKG and blood oxygen levels, ready to notify a nurse if there's a problem.