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Reassuring and supportive: telemonitoring COPD patients at Tergooi

Patients with a severe form of the pulmonary disease COPD have been using home monitoring since February. By completing a questionnaire twice a week via the Luscii app, they are monitored remotely and are immediately assisted in the event of deterioration. Pulmonary nurse Iris Huisman explains the benefits.

Fewer trips to the hospital

More and more people are suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a chronic lung disease, in which the damaged lungs lead to shortness of breath, coughing and fatigue. In patients with a severe form of COPD, the symptoms are often so bad that they become less mobile or may need extra oxygen. For them, a mild cold can lead to a dramatic increase in symptoms. We call this a lung attack, resulting in hospitalisation and further damage to the lungs. Iris: “Now that we are monitoring this group of patients remotely, we are able to guide them more effectively and hope to prevent such attacks and hospital admissions. In addition, patients no longer need to come to the hospital for standard checks, which they often find tiring because of their limited mobility”.

Contact at the right time

For the home monitoring of patients, Tergooi is working together with the medical service centre, NAAST. The nurses at NAAST already have experience with this method of monitoring at Slingeland Hospital and know the procedure at Tergooi. They keep an eye on everything 24/7 and if they see a deterioration, they immediately contact the patient via a video consultation, calling through the Luscii video connection. “If NAAST are unable to respond, we become involved. Coincidentally, this afternoon I had a video consultation with a patient whose symptoms we had noticed had suddenly worsened. He admitted that he did not realise that things were going so badly and would not have called himself, but he was very pleased that there was direct contact and that action had been taken”.

Accessible

Telemonitoring can also be a solution for COPD patients who need more intensive support. Iris: “Because NAAST is available 24 hours a day, a patient who is very anxious and scared at night can make contact very easily. A video consultation at such a moment is exceptionally reassuring and supportive. Patients’ voices are therefore heard if necessary and they can ask for care at any time. At the same time, they also gain more insight into their illness by completing the questionnaires twice a week”.

This press release was published by Ter Gooi on 29 may 2019
(https://www.tergooi.nl/geruststellend-en-ondersteunend-thuismonitoring-copd-patienten/)

The role of Luscii in Ter Gooi Hospital:

Luscii provides hardware, software and patient support to NAAST Medical Center and Ter Gooi. Patients can download the Luscii app which coaches them to do the right measurements and get feedback and coaching on their values and disease. NAAST Medical Center is informed in case of an increased health risk, which will have (video)-communication with the patients or refer through to the Ter Gooi hospital. Also, after enrollment, Luscii is responsible for all logistics (sending the measurement devices), service and (installation) support for patients using the telemonitoring service of Ter Gooi.