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3  Monitoring patients is the direct act of taking care of the patient inside the room without the physical presence of the doctor inside the room. It is purposed for keeping track of patient's basic health conditions such as blood pressure, body temperature, and so forth.

4  Monitoring patients used to be a difficult and time consuming task, but nowadays with all the new technologies available and IT systems in hospitals, monitoring patients has become efficient and majorly autonomous. The monitoring of the patient is critical in many aspects of healthcare such as intensive care, operations, emergency rooms, recovery, and so on.  Companies, such as Smiths Medical, specialize in patient monitoring technologies. Patient monitoring involves the monitoring of vital status of the patient such as blood pressure, heart rate, and so on. However, patient monitoring delves deeper, reaching to brain waves and sleeping patterns, blood-chemical levels, oxygen levels, temperature, and the care of a patient at homeSmiths Medical

5  There are many devices that can be used in hospitals, and battery operated devices that can be used in homes. Also, there are alarm systems that will signal to doctors and nurses if a patient's vital stats have gone into a dangerous range.  These systems are needed to prevent nurses or doctors from having to stay with patients all the time during a critical time for the patient. Also, during and immediately after surgery, patients must be closely monitored. It is for these patients, and those in the intensive care unit and so forth, that there are different color coded alarms for hospitals. The hardware may seem expensive, its cheaper than paying people to monitor patients.

6  Patient monitoring is vital to care in operating and emergency rooms, intensive care and critical care units. Additionally, it has proven invaluable for respiratory therapy, recovery rooms, out-patient care, transport, radiology, cath labs, gastroenterology departments, ambulatory, home, and sleep screening applications. Patient monitoring can reduce the risk of infection and other complications, as well as assist in providing for patient comfort.

7  A vast majority of long-term patients in the world don't take their medication in time, intentionally or not. In the U.S. alone, this represents an additional $100 billion yearly expense due to unexpected emergency hospital admissions. It is therefore crucial to gather accurately patient medical data in real time. For this purpose, firms have developed various mobile health toolkit to perform this task. With these technological toolkit consisting of a say, Java-based middleware and Bluetooth-enabled sensors, all the medical patient data can be wirelessly exported to a doctor's office via a PC or a cell phone.

8  Gathering current patient medical data promptly and accurately is vital to proper health care. The usefulness of electronic data capture (EDC) has been demonstrated in applications such as the home monitoring of at-risk heart patients via devices that transmit blood pressure from the home to a central database. Removing transcription effort (and associated inaccuracies) alone is worth the institution of EDC; but the side benefit of timeliness offers the hope of identifying and responding to trends as they occur, perhaps preventing a dangerous event, instead of simply allowing its diagnosis after the danger has manifest.

9  This is why firms have developed its mobile health toolkit. It is basically for gathering measurement data from a range of devices, and present it to management software via a well defined, and easily implemented interface.  Solutions based on the technological mobile health toolkit can improve the quality of patient monitoring while reducing overall healthcare costs. Moreover, it ensures that more timely information is available to medical caregivers. Medication-compliance systems can leverage the toolkit as a basis for intelligent reminders. For example, patients can be prompted to take their medication if the system detects that it is overdue.

10  There are many ways of Monitoring patients for example the most common way is to set cameras in each patient’s room and monitor him 24/7. You can also monitor a patient by using radios, some advance medical equipments and etc. Treating physicians will decide the actual frequency of necessary assessments according to a patient’s individualized need for medical care and habit follow-up, as well as to published or local guidelines, as suitable. As a minimum,.

11  however, a optional schedule of assessments has been developed based on input of physicians from the international medical community with expertise in the care of patients with Gaucher disease. The recommended schedule represents the core assessments that are currently thought to monitor Gaucher- related clinical manifestations and to stage disease progression across the life-long course of the disease. The assessments include hematologic, visceral, skeletal assessments, and quality of life evaluations

12  Patients admitted to hospitals often find themselves with dozens of wires and cables strung from their every extremity - trying to roll over at night resulting in a very large, expensive cat's cradle with the strings ending at sticky pads affixed to sensitive areas.  GE is working on a solution, the Wireless Patient Monitoring System, which would accept signals from dozens of non-tethered sensors, beaming that data straight to the people who need to view it whether they be down the hall at the nurse's station or down the road at the driving range. The company is working with the FCC to develop a vendor-neutral frequency band exclusively for such devices to communicate over, the results of which will surely become the latest impediment for whitespace wireless approval.whitespace wireless

13  Advantages ◦ Cheaper than using personnel ◦ Quick and reliable ◦ Can be used in hospitals or homes ◦ Easy to learn how to use ◦ Accurate and fairly precise  Disadvantages ◦ Dependant on a form of electricity and electrical hardware ◦ Some training needed ◦ Certain things for patients can only be monitored by humans, such as skin color or swelling in a patient's body ◦ Initial costs may be expensive

14  Sensium is a complete system for real-time, intelligent wireless body monitoring that revolutionizes the management of patient well-being in the care environment. For care home service providers that need to deliver continual observation and patient management and demonstrate the highest duty of care, Sensium provides a complete system for low-cost, unobtrusive, real-time monitoring of multiple vital signs and patient well- being.  By enabling the continuous, auditable acquisition of physiological data – with minimum intrusion and disruption to patients – Sensium provides a key platform for delivering the improved control, safety and regulatory compliance required within the care environment.

15  The continuous, real-time monitoring delivered by Sensium allows earlier prediction of difficult health events, and improves physical patient safety through the detection of mobility and falls. Sensium delivers a total system and the complete infrastructure to deploy wireless body monitoring solutions seamlessly in standard care home environments

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