Bethesda’s commitment to offering a complete continuum of care has resulted in innovation across the entire organization. By weaving together different aspects of care—from emotional support and physical aid to preventive and therapeutic services—Bethesda provides well-rounded health care that goes beyond medical needs.
Technology Advancements for Bedside Health Care
Advancements in technology contribute to Bethesda’s mission of providing the highest level of care to its senior residents. One example is a bladder scanner, designed to reduce rehospitalizations by conducting bedside ultrasounds. This piece of technology is now implemented at both Bethesda Southgate and Bethesda Dilworth, skilled nursing communities in the greater St. Louis area.
In addition, Bethesda Southgate is participating in a trial of new technology: i-STAT. This new equipment allows nurses to perform certain lab tests at a patient’s bedside, helping caregivers pinpoint the medical reason behind a decline in condition and seamlessly communication with the patient’s physician.
“We used technology to enhance the patient care experience, from monitoring urinary tract infections and urinary retention to diagnosing upper respiratory infections, pneumonia and acute deep vein thrombosis,” says Dr. Piotr Kulikowski, ABIM, Medical Director at Bethesda Dilworth. “Quick diagnosis and treatment provides instant relief and avoids a costly trip to the emergency room.
Improving Quality of Life
As a premier provider of care and services for seniors in St. Louis, Bethesda is dedicated to finding new and better ways to serve and care for those around them. Through compassion and innovations, Bethesda is enhancing the quality of life for not only the seniors and their families but also for the staff, volunteers and donors who make up the Bethesda community.
If you are interested in learning more about how these advancements in technology can improve the level of care that you or your senior loved one receives, contact Bethesda or schedule a tour at one of our skilled nursing communities across the St. Louis area.