For the Patient
The current standard of monitoring the majority of hospitalised patients, involves manual spot-checks of pulse rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, and temperature, (respiration rate mostly being counted but not measured) on average every 4 hours.
The Caretaker is a continuous patient monitor designed to help keep patients safe by continuously monitoring vital signs and providing a connection between patient and clinician, allowing for more individualised and timely care. Continuous monitoring through Caretaker contributes to safer, more restful hospital stays. The system is comfortable to wear and does not restrict a patient’s freedom of movement by having additional connected leads or cords. It provides continuous non-invasive blood pressure (cNIBP), eliminates frequent cuff-based blood pressure checks, leading to higher patient satisfaction and quicker healing.
For the Clinician
Patient environments vary within a hospital from critical care to more mobility wards. Patient care varies depending on their condition. However, Multiple patients are very often assigned to one nurse, consequently the management of patient’s vital signs is very important to determine the best possible care and clinical pathway. A clinician can only address one patient at a time. However if it was possible to have all patient vital signs monitored continuously then this will provide a complete picture of patient’s status for healthcare staff.
CareTaker provides continuous monitoring of Blood Pressure and other Vital Signs, setting a new standard in wearable technology. Clinicians can monitor patients security on a tablet, mobile phone, or an integrated monitoring platform without the need for cumbersome wires and leads or confusing connectivity/network configuration. Our continuous patient monitor solution provides real time data logging enabling healthcare staff to provide early intervention and rapid response to a patients changing health conditions.
“Caretaker has tremendous commercial potential for use in the OR and many other applications. We were impressed with its motion tolerance in testing.”
- George C Kramer, PhD Director, Resuscitation Research Lab Professor, Dept of Anaesthesiology University of Texas Medical Branch
For the Hospital
During the past decade, both the press and the government have increased scrutiny of imperfections in the healthcare system. In response, hospitals and physicians have implemented new systems and updated standards to reduce adverse events and/or medical errors.
Identifying early patient deterioration is critical in order to capture these events and respond rapidly. Spot check vital signs are completed every 4 hours and patients remain unmonitored in between. Continuous vital signs monitoring is currently not the clinical standard and traditional, continuous patient monitors, typically found in high-acuity areas (e.g. ICU), lack mobility and are invasive which inhibits their effectiveness for multiple patients. Physicians and healthcare systems, as patient advocates, are held responsible for the continuous monitoring, implementation, enforcement, and upgrading of the applicable standards. Disregard for, or ignorance of, these standards is no longer excusable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GLRR4ITiSU
“Wireless, continuous monitoring devices hold enormous promise, and will be an important part of the medical landscape in the very near future. Monitoring of vital signs from virtually anywhere will play a significant role in patient care because uninterrupted monitoring can give insight into a patient’s condition in real time.”
- Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director NHS