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First Hospital in Florida to Pilot Wireless Patient Monitoring for Enhanced Patient Care and Safety

Northwest Medical Center July 29, 2015

Northwest Medical Center has deployed the latest advanced digital monitoring technology to deliver enhanced safety, care and peace-of-mind to patients for surgical patients. The wireless, wrist-worn device, named the ViSi(R) Mobile System, continuously tracks patient vital sign data and transmits the information to clinicians on-site or remotely.

The ViSi Mobile System is the first body-worn monitor able to non-invasively measure core vital signs on a highly accurate, beat-to-beat basis. In addition to continuous cuffless non-invasive blood pressure (cNIBP) technology, the system continuously monitors: heart or pulse rate, electrocardiogram (ECG) or heart rhythm, blood oxygenation, respiration rate and skin temperature monitoring with ICU level accuracy.

Typically, nurses check patient vital signs during routine rounds. The intermittent checks can disturb patients and provide snapshots of vital sign data, rather than continuous information.

Clinicians at Northwest will be able to use the continuous data stream to identify early signs of deterioration, which could help prevent adverse events. Additionally, if a patient’s vital signs move beyond selected ranges, the system’s alarm system will warn clinicians, so the appropriate intervention can be taken.

In addition to supporting safety, the system also aligns with Northwest Medical Center’s efforts to provide exceptional care to everyone every day. The lightweight device promotes mobility — patients are able to get out of bed, walk around, shower and undergo physical therapy – all while remaining connected to clinicians.

Northwest Medical Center is a 223-bed hospital and healthcare complex that has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics and Top Performers on key quality and safety measures by The Joint Commission. Northwest is opening an expanded Adult and Pediatric ER next week and continues to expand services by bringing in the latest technology. The hospital is staffed by a diverse multicultural team of nearly 600 physicians and 800 healthcare professionals and is located in northwest Broward County just south of Sample Road on 441.

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