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The technology trip fantastic:
Monitoring patients today and tomorrow!


Barbara A. McLean, MN, RN, CCRN, CCNS-BC, NP-BC, FCCM

Grady Health System, Grady Memorial Hospital

Emory University,

Atlanta, GA.




Whatever technology carrier you and your system were riding in December of 2019, the technology journey today is an accelerated rocket ride into the future. COVID 19, staffing shortages, the imbalance between the numbers and levels of providers and high-acuity patients, and the digital evolution is changing today’s practice for better and for worse. How we can use all of these factors to develop and support our future practice, facilitate early and rapid identification of patients-at-risk and give us precious time back for the simple moments of human caring may be unveiled in the future of technology and the fuel that moves us forward. Let’s get ready for the ride!  Join us in this thought-provoking look to the past, present and future of technological advances that keep patients safer and staff more fulfilled.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define predictive profiles for a variety of decompensation states

  2. Review the development of technologies in monitoring and provider practice

  3. Identify the effects that COVID 19 has had on technology development and staffing shortages

  4. Discuss the role of technology in everyday practice as we move towards the future


Faculty Bio 

Barbara A. McLean, MN, RN, CCRN, CCNS-BC, NP-BC, FCCM

Currently, Ms. McLean is the advancing evidence-based practice clinical specialist for the division of critical care at the Grady Health System; Atlanta GA. She is a member of many professional organizations including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Association of Surgery and Trauma. Ms. McLean has been awarded the excellence in education award by the AACN as well as the circle of excellence for clinical practice in 2014 and the SCCM has presented her with the prestigious Norma J. Shoemaker Award for critical care nursing excellence in 2013. Barbara has written 24 chapters 16 articles and is a regular reviewer for Critical Care Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and NEJM.

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