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Jan. 10, 2012MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Roach

St. Francis New Technology

St. Francis Hospital and Health services in Maryville has updated the emergency department with the latest technology and innovative approaches to improve their services.

THe Lifepak 20E defibrillator, a portable unit to restart a normal heartbeat, was added to the emergency department to help the staff respond immediately. The Lifepak 20E was created for both emergency and non-emergency situations. This unit was created specifically for hospitals and clinics to use on crash carts. The Lifepak 20E is used in Maryville an average two to five times per month. Pat Giffin, a registered nurse and the emergency department nurse manager at St. Francis, says this defibrillator uses less energy so there is less damage to the heart, as well as the size is much smaller than the old defibrillators used in the past making it easy to carry and relocate. Two other programs were also enhanced at St. Francis. "Pull to Full, and discharge phone calls were implemented to shorten waiting periods and improve outcomes. The "Pull to Full" program allows the staff in the emergency department to fill every empty bed, even patients with minor issues. Discharge phone calls are made after an emergency visit to help the hospital communicate with the patient about any concerns or questions they may have, and also find out about the patients thoughts about their visit.