AU Medical Center is the first hospital in the country to use the Philips biosensor in the clinical environment. The hospital decided to test the device on its medical-surgical population to help nurses who sometimes care for up to six med-surge patients at a time, all with varying health concerns, said Kevin Dellsperger, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer at AUMC in an interview with FierceHealthcare.
For a nurse taking care of six patients, it may be several hours between patient assessments. During that time, a patient could be exhibiting subtle signs of deterioration.
“Other than a patient self-actuating a call line or a family member calling for help, there is no way that nurse could know what is going on,” Dellsperger said.
The biosensor device, manufactured by Netherlands-based tech company Philips, pairs with the IntelliVue Guardian Solution, software that integrates clinical decision support analytics with patient information to provide early warning signs for intervention.
Feb. 24, 2017