Navigation Links
Study Shows Patients & Nurses Benefit From Continuous Vigilance Monitoring

Quicker detection of potential medical problems

HONOLULU, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study published in The Journal of Nursing Administration shows there are significant benefits for patients and nurses when continuous vigilance monitoring is used in medical settings. "The outcomes were definitive," stated Dr. Patrick Sullivan, President and CEO of Hoana Medical, Inc. "Using such monitoring provides an early alert to RNs about potential medical problems, so they can intervene in a more timely way and, as a result, improve patient safety."

The 12 month study was conducted at three U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals, utilizing the LifeBed Patient Vigilance System(TM). The system is comprised of a mattress coverlet which is embedded with sensors that measure heart rate (HR), respiratory rate (RR) and provides a bed exit alert for fall prevention. The patient simply lies down and the sensors immediately monitor HR and RR. No electrodes, cuffs or other connections are required, which improves patient comfort. Patient data is continuously relayed to a bedside computer display unit. If the patient's HR or RR fluctuates outside normal limits or if a fall-risk patient leaves the bed the system alerts nursing staff both audibly and visually.

The study found that the timeliness of the early warning system improved early recognition of patient distress, resulting in RNs spending more time with patients. Previous studies have found that the more time a RN spends with patients the better the outcome.

"The reality of the nationwide nursing shortage is that, at most hospitals, RNs do not have the time to constantly monitor all of their patients," said Dr. Heather Herdman, Chief Strategic Officer of Hoana Medical, Inc. "Monitoring generally takes place about every four hours and it's not always done by an RN. By then, if a patient is in distress, it can be a life threatening situation." In fact, respiratory rate change is the number one predictor of a patient being at risk for medical complications that are cardio-respiratory in nature.

In addition to providing early recognition of patient distress, earlier independent research studies showed that fall rates drop between 40 and 90 percent through continuous vigilance monitoring.

"Clearly the results show that technology can benefit both the medical community and the patient," said Sullivan. "The patients get the help they need in a very timely manner and RNs know the technology will help them provide the quality care that's needed."

Study note: The study was conducted at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital - Tampa, FL; VA Palo Alto Health Care System - Palo Alto, CA; and Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center - Indianapolis, IN.

LifeBed is a product of Hoana Medical, Inc. Hoana Medical, founded in 2001, is a privately held medical device company based in Honolulu, HI. To learn more about Hoana, go to:

SOURCE Hoana Medical, Inc.
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function
2. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
3. Study, meta-analysis examine factors associated with death from heatstroke
4. Study suggests loss of 2 types of neurons -- not just 1 -- triggers Parkinsons symptoms
5. Study says COPD testing is not measuring up
6. Preclinical study suggests organ-transplant drug may aid in lupus fight
7. Ability to cope with stress can increase good cholesterol in older white men, study finds
8. High alcohol consumption increases stroke risk, Tulane study says
9. Mailman School of Public Health study examines link between racial discrimination and substance use
10. Pitt study finds inequality in tobacco advertising
11. Stanford study highlights cost-effective method of lowering heart disease risks
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not ... comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room ... Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. ... of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published June 14 ... The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to ... operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law ... magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are ... , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... EB Medicine presented its first-ever “Issue ... conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The awards honor the outstanding work of ... and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. , “With this award, we recognize the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Any dentist who has ... of the current process. Many of them do not even ... technical difficulties and high laboratory costs involved. And those who ... it at such a high cost that the majority of ... Dr. Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and Markets ... Medical Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to 2022" report ... The report contains up to date financial data derived from ... of major trends with potential impact on the market during ... market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, regional and country ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- , , , WHEN: , ... , , , LOCATION: , , , Online, with free ... EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , , Frost & Sullivan,s Global Vice President ... Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and Unmesh Lal, Program Manager , ... is witnessing an exceptional era. Several new demand spaces, such as ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: