PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.  – Fort St. John Hospital is better equipped to monitor cardiac patients after receiving a new piece of machinery.

Two Merlin on Demand cardiac kiosks has been placed at the Fort St John Hospital and Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace.

The machines were made available through the Covid #safeathome Fund, created by the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation when COVID-19 began impacting the region.

The kiosks are expected to help around 25 patients in the Fort St. John area and 50 patients in Terrace.

Using the remote monitoring kiosk, patients with an implanted electronic device will be able to transmit data to healthcare providers. This will be through scheduled check-ups similar to those conducted in-person.

“Also, if a patient presents to the emergency department due to shock-like symptoms related to the implanted device, these kiosks could be used to interrogate the device remotely to determine whether the patients need to be transferred to another hospital or could be discharged if stable,” says the Foundation in a release.

The machines were purchased after a request from Dr. Ahmed Yaser, Lead for Chronic Diseases Strategic Initiatives, Cardiac and Stroke, and Regional Chronic Diseases.

“This is a short term solution but will be sustained in the future as it is part of the envisioned long term strategy,” says Dr. Yaser.

Yaser adds an evaluation will be done into the initiative and feasibility of bringing devices to more locations. This will be based on population needs, site readiness and capacity to support the service.