Patient Monitoring

Posted Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:58 by fofarrell

Ascom has expanded its portfolio to include patient monitoring systems with the following major benefits and functionality:

Ensure patient safety by distributing alarms- By integrating to your patient monitoring system we distribute alarms to mobile devices so you get the right alarm at the right time, when you’re on the move. Improving standards of patient care is a top priority for all hospitals. Our system can improve response time to critical alarms and positively impact patient care. Constant and different types of alarms in the corridors can easily be avoided by distributing alarms directly to your mobile device

Reduce alarm fatigue- Time is often a critical factor in delivering excellent patient care. By receiving important alarms and information to your mobile handset you can react more quickly to patient health issues. Filters and rules in the patient monitoring system decide what alarms and how often alarms are sent out. With our patient monitoring solution there will be no confusion or unnecessary time spent on alarms not relevant to your role and assigned patients. It means that you don’t need to be aware of all alarms – only yours. This streamlines your workflow and saves time allowing you to focus on the patients assigned to you providing better care.

Providing data to your handsets- We integrate to your primary patient monitoring system, to present patient monitoring events as a secondary alarm notification system, with our medical device Cardiomax. Monitoring events from these sources are distributed to nurses via their mobile handset. The prioritisation and distribution of your alarms, including escalation chains, are accomplished through our assignment interfaces. Integrating patient monitoring systems with wireless devices simplifies patient alarm management and helps align resources, process and technology.

Patient alarms configured to your needs- Data and information is configured based on your staff needs and workflows. Incoming alarms are filtered and mobile alarm messages are color-coded according to your standards and practices. The alarm messages are prioritised and informative (e.g. waveform snapshots) to support in “walk or run” responses. It also helps nurses to interpret artefacts, false alarms and real patient alarms.

Example

Mr. Wilson arrives at the hospital with suspected heart problems and is sent to the cardiac department for observation. There he is connected to a patient monitoring system. At 2 a.m., the patient monitor alarm goes off indicating an irregular heartbeat. The monitor starts beeping and at the same time the assigned nurse gets a notification on her mobile handset. The nurse accepts the alarm and presses the key on the handset to view the ECG snapshot. She immediately goes to Mr. Wilson to check his condition.