Infant Optics Donates Baby Monitors to Jefferson Health New Jersey Hospitals to Help Care for COVID Patients

June 10, 2020

Pictured, from left: Jenna Ducat, RN; Gina Radano, RN; Stephanie Malone, BSN; Connie Tighe, BSN; Nicole Kramer, BSN; Stephanie Maxwell, MSN, ED Nurse Manager; Eleanor Webster, RN; and Lizviette Fernandez, BSN, RN.

Frontline workers caring for COVID patients face countless challenges on the job, including the need to follow extensive, time-consuming safety precautions each time they enter a patient room. To help limit in-person interactions, conserve personal protective equipment (PPE), and improve communication between caregiver and patient, hospitals across the nation — including Jefferson Health’s three acute care facilities in New Jersey — have implemented the use of baby monitors to assist in patient care.

Jefferson was recently a recipient of donated baby monitors from national manufacturer Infant Optics, which provided 17 of its DXR-8 model monitors, featuring two-way talk and 24-hour capabilities.

Jefferson New Jersey clinical staff has used similar baby monitors since late-March, but these additional monitors are greatly appreciated and already being put to good use in the Intensive Care Units (ICU), Intermediate Care Units (IMCU), and Emergency Departments. Joanne Hickman, MSN, RN, PCCN, CCCTM, IMCU Nurse Manager at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, says the monitors help ensure high quality care while ensuring safety for both patients and staff.

Because isolation patient doors must remain closed, the ability to check on patients from outside is crucial, explains Alyssa Labenski, RN: “With the monitors, we can assess their well-being without having to re-enter their rooms constantly. We always know what is going on.”

“The monitors serve as constant ‘eyes’ and ‘ears,’ which is especially helpful when ventilator alarms go off, so we know exactly how to intervene,” adds Valerie Nerenberg, MSN, RN, CNL, ICU Nurse Manager at Jefferson Stratford Hospital. “Sometimes the machinery can sound for very minor reasons, and, of course, other times, more severe.”

Additionally, the monitors’ “talking” capabilities have helped to bridge communication gaps with patients, as well as between caretakers, says Nerenberg: “When a doctor, nurse, or tech is already inside the room and needs something from outside, they can tell us what they need without having to come back out.”

It all comes down to patient safety, says Labenski: “Our staff does everything they can to ensure optimal patient safety, with or without the baby monitors. However, with the trying circumstances of the pandemic, it’s great to have this tool as extra support.”

Infant Optics has made baby monitor donations to more than 100 U.S. hospitals; their brand is currently the No. 1 best-selling baby monitor brand for Amazon and Target.

To learn more about the DXR-8 baby monitor and Infant Optics, click HERE.