Implementation of BIS™ technology is often associated with OR clinicians monitoring brain function during sedation. Previously, BIS™ brain monitoring technology was used in the ICU for a specific purpose ― case-by-case basis during, for example, drug-induced comas.
In a typical ICU environment, a 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 ratio of nurse-to-patient has been the common standard. Due to a dramatic influx of patients admitted to the ICUs across the country, clinicians are overwhelmed needing to increase the patient to nursing ratio. This just compounds the strain that’s put on already stressed clinicians.
Clinicians are further supported with the BIS™ brain monitoring system - as an additional sedation-assessment tool in the ICU - through useful implementation in critical care units.1 Using the BIS™ system as an auxiliary sedation monitor can help mechanically-ventilated patients with improved patient outcomes and a reduction of sedation duration.1 The use of BIS™ system in the ICU is also associated with decreased lengths of stay and associated costs.1
Sedated patients are associated with longer dependence on a mechanical ventilator.1 It’s common to have patients in the current climate be supported for several weeks at a time by a mechanical ventilator. With BIS™ brain monitoring technology, clinicians may assess the depth of sedation and begin titration, when appropriate, to help wean patients more quickly. Specific patient titration can be more deliberate with BIS™ technology.
While the BIS™ brain monitoring system isn’t intended to monitor sedation levels alone, it’s a tool that helps clinicians understand the patient’s holistic healthcare journey. Whether the patient is transferred from the OR to ICU ensuring appropriate sedation levels are triggered in conjunction with vital sign readings, or the patient has a bedside procedure ― the BIS™ system can help.
Additionally, BIS™ brain monitoring technology has also been associated with a reduction of sedation costs as well.1 Clinicians may predict the use of higher levels of propofol, for example. BIS™ technology may indicate otherwise, with EGG data showing that less of the sedative is needed. This may result in faster titration.1 Adding BIS™ technology to your portfolio of monitoring solutions can lead to improved patient outcomes.
Martina Blaho RN, BSN is a senior market development clinical specialist at Medtronic.
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