24th July 2014 - A Brighton hospital is the first in the UK to start using a new wireless vital signs monitoring device to provide early warnings to medical staff when patients' health is suffering.
A “game-changer” for patient care and safety.
Spire Healthcare’s Montefiore Hospital introduced the SensiumVitalssystem at the end of May and feedback from clinicians has been strongly positive. By taking vital signs measurements every two minutes, the system allows medical staff to react swiftly to signs of patient deterioration.
SensiumVitalsis a lightweight, wireless patch which is attached to the patient’s chest with sensors taking readings of heart rate, respiration and temperature. The data is then sent wirelessly to nurse stations and handheld devices. If readings exceed pre-set levels, alerts are sent to nurses who are then able to intervene immediately.
The system is designed for use in general wards and Accident & Emergency waiting areas and since the Montefiore Hospital introduced the British-designed wireless patches, they have been worn by more than 50 patients. Based on results so far, Matron Lynette Awdry believes the patch could be used as standard across all healthcare providers including the NHS.
Oxford-based Sensium Healthcare, which designs and supplies the patches and the wireless network on which they operate, confirmed it is currently liaising with a number of NHS hospitals looking to deploy the system over the next 12 months.
, parent company of Sensium Healthcare, said:
SensiumVitalsis a wearable, wireless system which provides continuous monitoring of heart rate, respiration and temperature for patients in general wards and Accident & Emergency waiting areas.
Readings are taken every two minutes, with the results sent wirelessly to nurse stations or web-enabled portable devices. Notifications are issued to nurses if measurements exceed pre-set thresholds. The key benefit of the system is that it allows clinicians to identify patient deterioration more quickly than with standard observation rounds - the classical model is every four to eight hours.
The system is based on a lightweight, wireless patch which is attached to the patient’s chest. Each patch is disposable - to avoid cross-infection; and has a battery life of five days - long enough to cover most hospital stays. The patch weighs only 15 grams and is therefore unobtrusive to patients. The system’s wireless capability allows patients to move around whilst still being monitored – hence aiding faster recovery times.
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Sensium Healthcare is a pioneer in wireless healthcare – with a focus on the monitoring of patient vital signs. The company’s core product is SensiumVitals®, a wearable, wireless system for measuring heart rate, respiration and temperature of patients in general wards or Accident & Emergency waiting areas.
Sensium Healthcare is part of the Toumaz Group, a leading innovator in low-power, wireless semiconductor and software technologies. The company has two divisions, Sensium Healthcare and Frontier Silicon, focused respectively on wireless healthcare and consumer audio.
For information about the company, including a perspective from Dr Ian Jackson, the company’s Medical Advisor, Chief Clinical Officer for York Teaching Hospital and President of the International Association for Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS), go to