Relevant and timely indicators of your patients’ health
A comfortable and discreet body-worn monitor, Aingeal, intelligently measures ECG, heart and respiration rate and skin temperature. Pulse oximetry can be monitored using existing bedside solutions. This information is sent via Wi-Fi to an intuitive central station platform.
Healthcare professional can access current and previous health status, view trending information, and be alerted to breaches in predefined limits of vital signs that can be tailored to suit each of their patients. Key cardiac arrhythmia detection algorithms are also used to notify medical staff of Ventricular Fibrillation and Asystole events.
Patient safety trends that need reversing
Healthcare workers are seeing sicker patients in the medical and surgical unit, more so than the past and there is a growing trend for low acuity patients to experience a critical event that goes unnoticed.
In a recent survey of 120 hospital-based providers, 74% said they are aware of and are impacted by, relatively healthy patients dying from unexpected events.1
The Intelesens Surveillance solution helps you monitor the unmonitored patient. Designed with clinicians for clinicians, it may help you to intervene and provide patient care faster.
No patient shall be harmed by respiratory depression caused by opioid.2
Post-operative patients on opioids can be at risk for severe respiratory depression, even leading to death. 3 The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation calls drug-induced respiratory depression in such patients “a serious patient safety risk that continues to be associated with significant mortality and morbidity…”2
Respiratory depression is also a known risk when using patient-controlled analgesia (PCA), which allows patients to regulate their own narcotic dosage while providing a stable baseline infusion. PCA devices are commonly used in major post-operative surgical units and in other units for controlling pain4
The Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) recognizes the challenge and supports continuous electronic monitoring of all patients on opioids.
AAMI and other Healthcare partners have launched a coalition to drive awareness for this solution2
Protecting patients against the onset of respiratory depression can have the added benefit of improving hospitals’ financial performance. While enhancing patient safety and quality of care, early detection can drive down the cost of care by helping to:
- Reduce ICU admissions from surgical and medical wards
- Reduce ICU readmission severity
- Shorten ICU and overall length of stay5
Overview of Surveillance Monitoring Set Up
Intelesens Surveillance monitoring allows affordable, plug-and-play deployment on hospital Wi-Fi without dedicated infrastructure and with minimal troubleshooting. A software license allows connection of the HL7 ® gateway in the Surveillance Station with the hospital ADT and EHR/HIS systems.
- EHR/HIS connectivity: Data can be sent in Ad-hoc Query or Scheduled modes
- ADT connectivity: Receives ADT messages and incorporates the data into the system. (Without this option, users can still manually admit, transfer and discharge patients at the Surveillance Station).
Alarm notification connectivity
A software license allows connection of Intelesens Surveillance Monitoring with hospital alarm notification. It is compatible with TAP v1.8 interface paging systems.
SpO2 integrationBedside pulse oximeters can be connected so that the Surveillance Station displays SpO2 measurements and alarms. Compatible oximeters include:
- Nellcor TM N-395, N-560, N-595, N-600, N-600x
- Masimo ®: Rad-7, Rad-8, Rad-9
Not only are the Aingeal device and electrode array easy to apply, they are comfortable for your patients to wear. Participants in a usability study found the device unobtrusive to wear and would prefer a system like this if they were a hospital in-patient6.
The Intelesens Surveillance Station uses sophisticated software to let you view patient status and manage alarms. You can configure the interface to suit your clinical workflow with three viewing options: alarm summary, single-patient view and tile view.
You can set smart limit alarms, as well as
- Combination alarms, for example, HR exceeds 100 bpm and RR drops below 14 breaths per minute
- Trend alarms, for example, RR decreases 20% over 30 minutes
- Consecutive alarms, for example, HR reaches 120 bpm 5 times in 30 minutes
Graphic trends for clinical parameters are available for 4-, 8-, 12-, and 24-hour periods.
1 Data on File.
2 Weinger MB, Lee LA. “No Patient Shall Be Harmed by Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression”. APSF Newsletter 2011;26(2):21-40.
3 “AAMI Foundation Launches Campaign to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids.” AAMI press release, November 6, 2014.
4 Hagle ME, Lehr VT, Brubakken K, Shippee A. Respiratory depression in adult patients with intravenous patient-controlled analgesia. Orthop Nurs 2004;23(1):18-27.
5 Brown H, Terrence J, Vasquez P, Bates DW, Zimlichman E. Continuous Monitoring in an Inpatient Medical-Surgical Unit: A Controlled Clinical Trial. Am J Med. 2014;127(3):226-32.
6 Harper R, Donnelly N, Easlea H, Branagh D. “High levels of patient satisfaction with Surveillance Monitoring: Surveillance monitoring comfortable and unnoticeable to a diverse group of hospital patients.” White Paper. October 2015.
- Aingeal Brochure
- Aingeal Datasheet
- Surveillance Monitor Electrode
- Case Study - Value of post-operative Intelesens Surveillance Monitoring
- Case Study - Improving patient care in the hospital setting
- Case Study - High Levels of patient satisfaction with Intelesens Surveillance Monitoring
- Case Study - Intelesens Surveillance Monitoring in a cardiac day procedure unit
- Case Study - Wi-Fi - At the heart of Intelesens Surveillance Monitoring