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“Smart” Patient Monitors Changing ICUs

iStock_000029114314XSmallIn hospital settings, change is sometimes slow to occur. Yet, small changes can have a big impact on many levels. Take for example, all those intimidating bulky, beeping machines wired to patients in the intensive care units. Thanks to “smart” technologies, mobile patient monitors are starting to appear in many hospitals and could make those mammoth machines a thing of the past.

While most hospitals continuously monitor patient vitals only in ICUs, sleek new wireless monitors worn on patients’ wrists allow nurses to monitor them in a regular room or wherever they are in the hospital. These real-time monitoring devices also eliminate the need for nurses to wake up patients in the middle of the night, and more accurately calculate alarm thresholds using algorithms, reducing “alarm fatigue” (7 in 10 hospital alarms turn out to be false). In addition, the devices save all the information to the patient’s electronic health record for doctors to review as time permits. Now that’s smart technology!



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