Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Overview

image: Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Overview

Across all sites, the use of telemonitoring aimed to:

  • Enable early detection of deterioration, for example weight gain, to allow for timely intervention that prevents the need for hospital admission. This increases resources available within specialist teams to improve heart failure services.
  • Prevent and reduce unplanned crisis for people with heart failure requiring hospital admissions.
  • Introduce monitoring for patients to assist with medication.
  • Improve self-management by engaging, educating and empowering patient and carers to understand symptoms.
  • Improve clinical capacity of specialists involved.

Click on the link below for the Congestive Heart Failure Model of Care – Scotland

All three health boards utilised the same technology as for COPD.

The main differences in terms of equipment provision were the number and type of peripheral devices. For example, scales to record weight are a fundamental element to the CHF service delivery model.

Outlined in the document below is a summary of equipment used within the CHF services.

 

Training

All services offered training to staff, patients and carers. While training varied widely, it related to the use of equipment and is recognised as a key area for successful implementation of Telehealth.

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