Studies from around the world have consistently shown that patients in any clinical environment may suffer preventable adverse events that could result in prolonged hospitalization, injury or death. Precursors to an adverse event can be seen as early as 8-12 hours before the event actually occurs – but are often not detected. Early detection of patient deterioration is essential to intervene early or respond rapidly. This is especially true in lower acuity areas, which host approximately 60-70% of hospitalized patients, and where continuous vital signs monitoring is currently not the clinical standard. Instead, vital signs spot-checks are done manually, on average every 4 hours, and patients remain unmonitored in between. Traditional, continuous patient monitors, typically found in high-acuity areas (e.g. ICU), lack mobility, wearability and cost effectiveness to enable their use in ambulatory hospital areas. Currently available telemetry systems provide only a sub-set of the core vital signs, still mandating the need to spot-check other parameters.
The ViSi Mobile Monitor allows wearable, continuous monitoring of all core vital signs. Going forward, it will also add patients’ activity and posture/motion as a “new vital sign” that may help avoid “Never Events” like falls and pressure ulcers. The ViSi Mobile System wirelessly connects patients in or out of bed with their mobile clinicians and provides vital signs information at any time, wherever patients or their clinicians may be. Early intervention and rapid response need continuous monitoring of all vital signs.