Patient deterioration is a significant and growing problem but there is a mounting body of published evidence that supports early identification of the changes in physiology as the most critical factor in avoiding these dangerous and costly episodes.
Deterioration in patient condition can happen at any point throughout the care pathway but is more likely following emergency admission, post surgery or during recovery from a major illness. Such cases and incidents, as well as their reasons for occurring, are well documented in published literature and there is an acceptance that some degree of patient deterioration in these circumstances is likely.
There is general consensus that the absolute key to reducing the number, severity and economic impact of these largely avoidable deterioration episodes is early clinical intervention at the first sign of potential patient decline. Studies suggest that the greatest area for improvement is not treating the deteriorated patient but more importantly early identification of the deteriorating patient. Delayed recognition of the signs of patient decline is the strongest predictor of patient mortality.
The following case studies have been collected during our early clinical deployments and are a fair reflection of Sensium® in use in busy clinical environments. They help to demonstrate the clinical effectiveness of the system at detecting and delivering notifications of potential patient decline. This can in turn lead to better patient outcomes and overall lowered treatment costs.
My passion for the Sensium Vitals system is driven by the irrefutable patient safety benefits it offers. Experience elsewhere shows that 100% side room hospital designs can be associated with higher patient risk, particularly if the nursing and other staff presence isn't enhanced to compensate for this.
I believe that Sensium Vitals can bring safety to this environment in a cost-effective way. With Sensium Vitals installed, the New Royal can be the safest hospital in the UK in which patients can enjoy privacy and safety together.
Consultant in Critical Care Medicine & Anaesthesia, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
We at the West Middlesex are excited to be involved with the development of this cutting edge technology and believe that if applied successfully it will improve our patient safety, patient experience and quality of care.―
We are enjoying working in partnership with Sensium and look forward to seeing the outcomes of this quality improvement project.
Dr Emma Rowlandson
Consultant in Acute Medicine, Acute Medical Unit, West Middlesex University Hospital
This could certainly have a use in the emergency department and from the emergency care phase right through the first couple of days in hospital when the patient is much more liable to deteriorate.―
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester
We have picked up episodes where the patient has begun to become unwell that we otherwise wouldn’t have done at such an early stage with standard intermittent monitoring.―
Professor of Surgery, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
I believe that Sensium Vitals has enabled us to improve the safety of our patients, as the continuous monitoring notifies staff of changes/deterioration in their vital signs.―
The notifications in vital signs alert the nurses to check their patients, allowing earlier interventions to be made, therefore preventing potential deterioration. I consider this supplementary monitoring an enhancement to patient safety and enriches the patient’s journey.
Ward manager, Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital
The patches help staff focus their efforts on the patients who needed the most support, It prioritises you.
Nothing will ever replace complete clinical observation and the assessment of the patients. What this does is alert you sooner, so you can fulfil those observations and assessments of the patient and activate the appropriate care and treatment for them.
Matron, Montefiore Hospital Brighton
It gives us a bit more time with some patients when we know some patients do need that bit more time.―
Without this monitor, you're constantly thinking what's happening in the next room, and I should go in there and check them. Knowing this is on and it works well, we're able to spend that bit more time.
Staff Nurse, Montefiore Hospital Brighton
The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust has developed a partnership approach with Sensium in the development and delivery of innovative technology solutions and services.―
Sensium have always responded and delivered exceptional standards of work and customer service.
Project Manager IM&T, Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals
Its good for patients because it’s a very light weigh and non-obtrusive way of monitoring the patients. It alerts nurses to subtle changes in the patients condition and the results have been impressive.―
Vice President of Patient Care, Providence Saint John’s Health Centre, Santa Monica
Normally patient vital signs are taken every 4 hours this way they are taken every couple of minutes and if there is deterioration in the patient the nurses are alerted immediately.―
Nursing Director of Medical Surgical Unit, Providence Saint John’s Health Centre, Santa Monica
I'm more or less unaware of the patch, I don’t think at all about something being attached to me.―
You just get off to sleep and someone wakes you up to take your temperature, not their fault, but with this you don’t have any of that because if you’re alright they just leave you alone.―
It gives me reassurance that there is something or some equipment looking at it [vitals signs] all time and I think that when the nurse is with you, their mind is a bit more with you rather than thinking about what's going on in other rooms.
the fact that I know that this patch is monitoring me day and night makes me feel safe and secure. Even when a nurse isn’t with me I know that if I start to become unwell one will be notified.―