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Central Monitoring of Patients:
Exploring Best Practices


Bridgid Joseph, DNP, RN, CCNS  


Patients have been under surveillance since the inception of healthcare: initially by simple observations and in more modern times using high fidelity monitoring systems. In healthcare, we perform surveillance on every patient, looking for changes in their health. Continuous monitoring can be done in many ways (both on unit and off), with varied methods at many institutions throughout the US, and this can greatly impact patient surveillance and early treatment, yet is there a best practice known? We will explore the various ways to monitor patients in-hospital, when we should place patients on monitoring, and both the benefits and negative impacts of continuous monitoring.


Learning Objectives:

After this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the various types of monitoring in-hospital

  2. Discuss concepts of patient surveillance

  3. Characterize key concepts of monitoring (including positive and negative impact)


Faculty Bio

Dr. Joseph is a certified clinical nurse specialist and resuscitation committee nurse specialist. Currently, she is the Program Director of Emergency Cardiovascular Care Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. She holds a concurrent position as Director of Simulation Education, Department of Nursing at the same institution. Additionally, Dr. Joseph has worked in a variety of fields and specialties as a Legal Nurse Expert Consultant, an Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Consultant as well as conducting clinical research with focus on resuscitation. Dr. Joseph has been an invited speaker at numerous medical conferences

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