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Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Clinic
May 13-15, 2019

Desiree Kirkwood

Nurse Manager, eHospital & Central Monitoring Unit
Cleveland Clinic

Desiree Kirkwood, MSN, RN, CCRN is the Nurse Manager for ICU Telemedicine and the Central Monitoring Unit. Desiree has been a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic since 2007. Her experience includes care of critically ill patients requiring advanced homonymic monitoring such as ECMO, IABP, and VADs. Desiree joined the ICU telemedicine team in 2014. She was instrumental in assuring bedside acceptance of the program, designing workflows and providing education. In 2015, Desiree became the eHospital Assistant Nurse Manager and joined the eCMU project team. She completed her master’s degree in nursing administration and accepted the position of Nurse Manager in 2018. In her role, Desiree is responsible for the day to day operations of both the Central Monitoring Unit and the ICU Telemedicine Program.

May 14, 2019
1:30pm - 2:10pm
Room 24

Telemedicine continues to offer dynamic possibilities to provide our care everywhere. e-Hospital caregivers impact the lives of our patients and caregivers from one central location offering consultative services, infection prevention, and quality assurance. e-CMU allows for secondary monitoring of all of our patients on continuous hemodynamic monitoring across the health system to be monitored in one care area. It also has overcome the alarm fatigue typically experienced in “war rooms” through an innovative algorithm that identifies patients most likely to have an event. 

Join this discussion as Cleveland Clinic nurses discuss how technology has proven to be a useful tool to consolidate expert resources and provide caregivers at the bedside with the support of experts in critical care at the touch of a button. 


Cleveland Clinic Enterprise is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


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