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Caretaker Medical Live Webinar July 28, 2021: It’s Time to Rethink Patient Monitoring

Caretaker Medical is pleased to host an educational webinar July 28th at 12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT on Blood Pressure Instability.   Esteemed clinicians, Frederic Michard, MD and Ashish Khanna, MD will address the clinical challenge of blood pressure instability, the prevalence of hypotension and how continuous noninvasive monitoring contributes to timely detection and intervention.

Please register to attend the webinar by clicking on the following link:  https://bit.ly/3eiwxhT

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The Rising Need For AI Powered Patient Monitoring

Imagine a world in which healthcare services monitor population health via wearables, delivering real-time continuous data on everything from movement and sleep to vital signs, such as beat-by-beat blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and respiratory rate.

The data is constantly analyzed by artificial intelligence (AI), creating a perpetually updated picture to guide clinical research and decision making, and flag up early signs of deterioration in any individual’s health, to enable timely intervention and a better likelihood of cure.

As a result of AI powered patient monitoring, hospitals are less crowded, the spread of infection is reduced, medical staff are not overloaded with administrative tasks and can focus more of their time on patient care, and patients receive better outcomes due to the sharing of data gleaned from a world of connected monitoring.

This picture is the way global healthcare is moving, with governments and private investors focusing heavily on the adoption of AI. So how can this technology help us meet the coming healthcare challenges posed by a rising and ageing population, the risk of further pandemics and a growing deficit in medical professionals?

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Hypotensive Events and Patient Safety: Why Beat-By-Beat Blood Pressure Matters

Acute hypotensive events (AHE) are among the most severe threats to intraoperative and postoperative patients. Monitoring blood pressure is, therefore, a critical function for patients, not only in the operating room and ICU but also in the postoperative wards.

An AHE is defined as a drop in the mean arterial pressure below 65 mm Hg, lasting five consecutive minutes of more. It can be the sign of a serious problem, such as bleeding, sepsis, adrenal insufficiency, or cardiac issues. Not surprisingly, it is associated with adverse outcomes in critically ill patients, such as stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure.

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How Continuous Patient Monitoring is maximizing the Benefit of IV Ketamine Therapy

There are currently around 400 ketamine infusion clinics in the US and rising at a rate of 30-40% per year. Such is the demand for intravenous ketamine treatment for severe depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

Since the opioid epidemic, the use of analgesics and anesthetics to treat the rising cases of depression and anxiety has been closely monitored and patient safety is understandably paramount. Caretaker Medical’s wireless, continuous patient monitoring is helping ketamine clinics to deliver the best possible patient experience, while streamlining their workflow and ensuring adherence to monitoring protocols.

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The Future is Virtual: How Monitoring Patients via the Cloud Can Revolutionize Healthcare

The United States leads the world in medical research and is recognized for cutting edge hospitals and pioneering groundbreaking medical technologies. Despite these advantages, a high proportion of Americans have difficulty accessing the healthcare they need.

There are several reasons for this: one is that large parts of the country are rural and remote; another is cost; a third is the US has a shortage of family physicians, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians*.

These are all challenges that have caused the healthcare infrastructure to creak and, to a certain extent, fail. But with the research, knowhow and the technology we have, these are problems that can be solved. Today.

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) via the cloud uses digital technology to track, communicate and store the health data of patients from anywhere, in real-time, securely and safely. By making RPM a cornerstone of the healthcare system, we can give patients greater ownership of their personal health, enabling better patient outcomes while reducing the burden on hospitals and medical staff.

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Case Study: Celerion Provides Continuous Blood Pressure Monitoring for Pharma Client

Background

Contract Research Organizations (CROs) like Celerion conduct drug research studies on behalf of pharmaceutical companies, using cohorts of healthy subjects, who are paid for their participation. A study can last for anything from one day to two months, sometimes longer, and during the trial, subjects’ vital signs are monitored.

This can involve collections of blood, urine or stools and in some trials, subjects will be kept bed-bound throughout. These types of studies are difficult to conduct and are often demanding on the subjects.  The more comfortable the subject experience, the lower the withdrawal rate is going to be, so CROs are always on the lookout for ways to make their trials more comfortable for their subjects.

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Future Ready: The Vital Role of Wireless Patient Monitoring in a Pandemic

The World Health Organization’s Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) has been planning for the next influenza pandemic for nearly 70 years, and the recent outbreaks of SARS, MERS and COVID-19 suggest that a future coronavirus pandemic is highly likely too.

Plans to mitigate against these threats focus heavily on the evolving Internet of Things (IoT) and the use of wireless electronic devices in detecting, monitoring and learning about future virus outbreaks. Central among these devices is wireless patient monitoring in a pandemic.

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Boosting Hospital Performance Through Continuous Non-invasive Patient Monitoring

Amid the Covid crisis and the sincere accolades for hospital staff, it may seem like an odd time to talk about hospital performance. The suggestion that there may be room for improvement in the extraordinary efforts of those risking their lives on the clinical front line is bound to touch some very raw nerves. And yet you could argue that there has never been a more pressing need to talk about hospital performance.

Covid has highlighted the need for front line hospital workers to have improved clinical safety, better patient support, more effective equipment and more efficient methodologies and management, not just in a pandemic but in normal circumstances too. At the same time, performance-related funding means hospitals are under pressure to reduce numbers of readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions, and improve the patient experience.

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Optimizing The Research Flow: How Wireless Vital Signs Can Help

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care examined ways to improve the way clinical research is conducted in the 21st century. It concluded that the ideal would be a virtuous circle in which research and practice worked closer together, feeding in to one another.

“Where we are ultimately headed,” the report concluded, “is to establish the notion… of a learning healthcare system. This is a system in which evidence is generated as a byproduct of providing care and actually fed back to those who are providing care, so that we become more skilled and smarter over time.”

Now, as we enter the third decade of the 21st century, wireless vital signs monitoring is poised to enable this vision.

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