Baby monitors in the ICU: Nurses get creative to save lives, critical equipment

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An influx of coronavirus patients has overwhelmed the American health care infrastructure, leaving front-line medical providers to improvise creative solutions to the day-to-day pitfalls of treating those afflicted with the highly contagious disease.
The latest innovative solution found in hard-hit hospitals? Baby monitors.
“It’s a great example of nursing innovation with our front-line staff,” said Stacy Alves, a nurse at the South Sacramento Medical Center, where workers have started using baby monitors to check in with patients. “Some of the biggest problems can have simple solutions.”
From coast to coast, nurses have begun using two-way baby monitors to interact with isolated patients showing symptoms associated with COVID-19. Those who have used the baby monitors say it’s a practical solution for staying connected to patients — a novel way to fight the novel virus.