A pro­gram worth pre­serv­ing

RE: Re­mote Pa­tient Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gram

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

Al­most a year ago I was di­ag­nosed with heart failure, and un­der­stand­ably, as a 92 year old woman liv­ing alone, and af­ter 9l years of ex­cel­lent health, I was never so fright­ened in my life. Can’t be­lieve how for­tu­nate I was to be in­cluded in the Com­mu­nity Para­medic’s Re­mote Pa­tient Mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram through the On­tario Min­istry of Health and City of Hamil­ton and also con­nected with Queen’s Uni­ver­sity.

Ap­par­ently this is a one-year pilot project end­ing Jan­uary 1, 2018. I am able to check my vi­tals daily and they are trans­mit­ted to my trusty paramedics on Nebo Road. They have come to my res­cue sev­eral times in the past, re­sult­ing in sev­eral nec­es­sary trips to the E.R. and the even­tual im­plant of a pace­maker.

The to­tal num­ber of days spent in hos­pi­tal for my three or four trips was a two-day stay for the pace­maker and an ap­prox­i­mate 10-hour stay the other times. This won­der­ful sys­tem brings com­fort to the pa­tients who long to be at home and saves lit­er­ally thou­sands of dol­lars in avoid­ing lengthy hos­pi­tal stays.

All I want for Christ­mas is to learn that this fan­tas­tic ser­vice is re­newed for at least an­other year. Vir­ginia Coombs, Stoney Creek

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