Latest news | A programme enabling appropriate Counties Manukau Health cardiology patients with heart failure to check their blood pressure at home is working well to safely reduce clinic appointments.
As part of the Blood Pressure Remote Monitoring trial, 50 cardiology patients with severe heart failure are taking their blood pressure readings at home, and discussing their readings and symptoms with a Nurse Practitioner via telehealth, rather than at a follow-up clinic.
Data shows these patients are being well managed, with the majority having their medication safely titrated to the right level to be able to manage their heart failure and two thirds showing important improvement in their heart function by the end of the trial.
Cardiology nurse practitioner Andy McLachlan says as well reducing the number of face-to face clinics patients are required to attend, the programme empowers them to manage their own health while still providing intense follow up.
“They’re going to be living with this condition for the rest of their life so it is really important that they know what to look out for,” Mr McLachlan says.
Phase two of the programme has been approved, with funding from the Ministry of Health for co-designing remote monitoring and treatment titration for Maaori and Pasifika cardiology heart failure patients, supported by video/telephone appointments.
A number of stakeholders including Maaori and Pacific whaanau and primary care providers will be involved.