The Anonymous Widower

Is This The Future Of Patient Monitoring?

As anybody who has spent time in hospital connected to a traditional heart, blood pressure, pulse and temperature monitor will know, it is not an easy process. Leads fall off, moving around is difficult and you are often in need of staff. I’ve only spent time recently in good hospitals, where they were enough staff to check on me regularly and that includes two NHS hospitals. But in one NHS hospital, I had a private room and a quick visual check as the nurse passed by wouldn’t have been possible.

In some ways the current system is like driving a car without a fuel gauge and every few miles, you have to get out to dip the tank to see if you’ve enough fuel to carry on.

But then enter the engineers!

I have just watched this story on BBC Breakfast Here’s the first three paragraphs.

The NHS is starting to test a sticking-plaster-sized patient-monitoring patch.

Placed on the chest, it wirelessly transmits data on heart rate, breathing and body-temperature while the patient is free to move around.

Independent experts say the system, developed in Britain, could ease pressure on wards and has the potential to monitor patients in their own home.

I think we all have to remember, that this is the first device. No-one would be able to predict how far this technology will go. And how a healthcare system like the will be able to use it in the future!

On the other hand, there is also this statement in the story.

But the Royal College of Nursing says there is no substitute for having enough staff.

In some ways that shows what a good system it must be, as the Luddites and Nimbys always try to stop good developments.

Read more about the company; Sensium Healthcare, behind the development here.

As it’s got one or more ultra-low power chips in there somewhere, is this another application of technology from ARM?

July 22, 2014 - Posted by | Health, News | , ,

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