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For the Patient
For most hospital patients, monitoring of vital signs is a manual round of observations carried out every four hours on average, taking pulse rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation and temperature, with respiration rate mostly being counted but not measured.
The VitalStream monitor offers a major step forward, providing beat-by-beat vital signs monitoring and a continuous connection between patient and clinician, enabling individualised and timely care. It does not restrict movement with any leads or cords and is comfortable to wear. In measuring continuous non-invasive blood pressure (cNIBP), VitalStream eliminates intermittent cuff-based blood pressure checks, leading to higher patient comfort and safety.
“Catching deterioration in the early stages can mean huge improvements in patient safety and outcomes. This score offers an opportunity for the NHS to standardise how it monitors a patient’s condition across different healthcare settings”
- Profesor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director NHS
For the Clinician
A patients hospital care varies according to their condition and so the monitoring of patient vital signs is extremely important to determine the clinical pathway for the best possible care. Clinicians can only address one patient at a time, yet multiple patients will often be assigned to one nurse. By monitoring and automatically reporting multiple patients at once, VitalStream relieves pressure on nursing staff and provides clinicians with a continuous picture on which to base those important decisions. Clinicians can monitor patients’ vital signs on a tablet, mobile phone, or an integrated monitoring platform. VitalStream eliminates wires and leads or confusing connectivity/network configuration. It is a continuous monitoring solution that enables hospital staff to maintain an up-to-the-minute picture of patient condition and provide early intervention and rapid response to deteriorating health conditions.
“Caretaker’s continuous Blood Pressure Technology has tremendous commercial potential for use in the OR and many other applications. We were impressed with its motion tolerance in testing.”
- George C Kramer, PhD Director, Resuscitation Research Lab Professor, Dept of Anaesthesiology
University of Texas Medical Branch
For the Hospital
Regulatory scrutiny of the healthcare system has increased over the past decade, compelling hospitals, and physicians to adopt new systems and implement updated standards to reduce adverse events and/or medical errors. Being able to identify early deterioration in a patient’s condition is critical to respond with necessary speed. Currently observations are carried out every four hours, with patients remaining unmonitored in between, with a risk of an adverse event going unnoticed. As patient advocates, physicians and healthcare systems are held responsible for the continuous monitoring, implementation, enforcement, and upgrading of the applicable standards. Continuous vital signs monitoring is currently available only in high-acuity areas like the ICU, using machines that lack mobility, are invasive for patients and intrusive for medical staff which inhibits their effectiveness for use with multiple patients.
“Wireless, continuous monitoring devices hold enormous promise, and will be an important part of the medical landscape in the very near future. Monitoring of vital signs from virtually anywhere will play a significant role in patient care because uninterrupted monitoring can give insight into a patient’s condition in real time.”
- Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director NHS
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