MEDICAL MONITOR FOR ICU PATIENTS

Nair Hospital will soon get a central monitoring system through which doctors will be able to regulate all patients from one common monitor

MEDICAL MONITOR FOR ICU PATIENTS

Mumbai : The BYL Nair Hospital is soon going to get a central monitoring system in its intensive care unit (ICU) through which the doctors will be able to regulate all the admitted patients from one medical monitor. Apart from it the monitor will also inform the doctors about the worsening condition of a patient through an alarm.

The main monitor will be connected to all the bedside monitors of patients on ventilator. It will therefore continuously measure vital signs and changes in the patients.
“The central monitoring system will monitor the vital signs of our ICU patients. It is a wireless system which allows continuous monitoring of our patients for all the vital examinations. This system also allows our cardiologist to view any patient’s vitals signs in a real time mode,” said Dr Ramesh Bharmal, dean of Nair Hospital.
“Cardiac monitoring, which generally refers to continuous electrocardiography with assessment of the patients’ condition relative to their cardiac rhythm. A small monitor worn by an ambulatory patient for this purpose is known as a Holter monitor. The machine will tell us about the cardiac changes if any occur in the patients,” added Dr Bharmal
The system will also record hemodynamic monitoring, which monitors the blood pressure and blood flow within the circulatory system. Besides it will also inform about respiration, ECG and body temperature of the patient.
Also, there are special monitors being incorporated which will inform about the brain waves (electroencephalography), gas anesthetic concentrations, bispectral index (BIS), etc. They are usually incorporated into anesthesia machines. All the parameters of the neurosurgery intensive care units will also be displayed on the centralized monitor.
“Multimodal monitors that measure and display the relevant vital parameters that are commonly integrated into the bedside monitors in critical care units, and the anesthetic machines in operating rooms. These allow for continuous monitoring of a patient, with medical staff being continuously informed of the changes in general condition of a patient. Some monitors can even warn of pending fatal cardiac conditions before visible signs are noticeable to clinical staff, such as disturbance of the muscles of the atria of the heart or premature ventricular contraction (PVC),” said Dr Bharmal.
This is the first time that a civic hospital is going to get a centralized system care for its patients. “The system will also keep the records of the patients which can later on be used by the researchers for their paper. BMC hospitals gets most varied numbers of cases and this computerized record will be a boon for the medical fraternity,” added Dr Bharmal.
The system will soon be inaugurated in the service of the patients.

Swati Jha

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