How modular patient monitors can optimize workflow in operating rooms and help reduce financial strain on HCOs 23 May

Healthcare professionals worldwide rely on highly accurate patient monitors to improve their quality of care. These monitors measure five vital signs of patients that include ECG, SpO2, non-invasive blood pressure (NIBP), temperature, and respiration. Patient monitors displaying these vital signs are an essential part of every clinic, hospital or healthcare organization and help doctors, nurses and operation theatre staff monitor the patient’s progress and well-being.

Measuring specialized parameters

In addition to the parameters listed above, healthcare professionals often require monitoring of specialized parameters that include:

  • EtCO2 - End-tidal CO2 - carbon dioxide content in expired air
  • IBP - Invasive blood pressure, a highly accurate method of measuring blood pressure
  • BIS – Bispectral Index, which is a measure of the patient’s consciousness levels under anaesthesia
  • NMB – Neuromuscular blockade, a measure of the responsiveness of skeletal muscle during surgery

These parameters and others require constant monitoring by staff during surgery and in critical-care (ICU) situations. Additionally, as each of these parameters requires a separate monitor, they can quickly fill up an operating room that is already full of surgical staff and equipment.

Problems associated with using individual monitors

There are many problems that healthcare professionals encounter while using multiple monitors during surgery.

1. Clutter

As surgical devices and surgeries become increasingly complex, surgeons rely on digitally guided surgical methods to perform them. Having multiple monitors for each parameter adds to the clutter in the operating room.

2. Multiple monitors for vitals

As surgeons and critical-care staff need to view multiple health parameters, they constantly need to check multiple screens to get all their data. Having 3-4 monitors to review and gather data can quickly increase the stress levels of OR and ICU staff and impact their quality of care.

3. High purchase and service cost

Purchasing a separate monitor for each set of vital stats can drain the hospital or organization’s finances—and can hit their sustainability in the long run.

4. Fixed information per monitor

Patient monitors cannot provide additional parameters as they are programmed only to showcase built-in vital stats. This reduces their flexibility and capability to monitor additional specialized parameters.

Modular patient monitors to the rescue

Modular patient monitors such as (Add Clarity’s Product name here) offer a highly efficient way to solve the problems faced by healthcare professionals in ORs and ICUs. These monitors consist of swappable modules that can be swapped in real-time, helping staff view parameters from one device.

Why do OR and ICU staff prefer modular patient monitors?

Modular patient monitors offer several benefits that multiple monitors cannot match in an OR or ICU setting. These benefits include:

1. Reduced clutter

As all the necessary vitals can be viewed from one screen, ICU and OR staff can easily reduce clutter and streamline their workflow better.

2. Low cost

Purchasing additional monitors is a drain on funds. Modular patient monitors only require swappable modules that healthcare organizations can buy and use as per need, dramatically reducing their cost per patient.

3. Single source of information

Surgeons, anesthesiologists, and OR/ICU staff can get all the information they need from a single screen. This helps them to work more efficiently and provide better patient care.

4. Rapid changeovers

OR and ICU staff can quickly swap the modules in these patient monitors to only show patient-specific parameters. As there is no need to move the entire monitor across ICUs or ORs, staff can just swap modules and get the information they need.

5. Flexibility

Healthcare professionals can pick and choose the modules they need, helping them get patient-specific parameters.

Final Thoughts

Modular patient monitors are preferred by healthcare staff worldwide for their efficiency, reliability, and ease of use. Modular patient monitors are an excellent choice for any HCO that wants to improve its standards of patient care without breaking the bank! Staff can add or remove modules on-demand, helping them get the information they need.

About Clarity Medical

Clarity Medical is an innovative, world-class medical device manufacturer from India. Clarity’s products are extremely reliable and built to ensure high standards of patient care. Clarity Medical’s modular patient monitors, EMG machines, SpO2 monitors, critical care monitoring devices and telemetry solutions are used in dozens of countries worldwide. A true-blue Make in India story, Clarity Medical is committed to providing the best cost-quality ratio in all its products.