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Portable Apparatus for Measurement of Dissolved Gases or Other Compounds Possible to Sense With Microsensors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061573D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kuceru, F: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

A portable apparatus is used to measure and store patient vital signs (i.e., temperature, blood pressure, blood gas levels, etc.) which can be sensed with microprocessors. The instrument consists of a battery-operated potentiostat-potentiometer with an LCD display, keyboard and memory adequate to store and process information from 10 measured events on about 50 patients. The keyboard is used to enter the patient's name, time, and/or other identifying information. Each reading, when taken, would show up on the LCD display, informing the operator what is measured and giving the reading in the proper units for quick-check purposes. Each individual measurement can be taken manually, or the unit can be set to automatic- ally perform all the desired readings sequentially.

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Portable Apparatus for Measurement of Dissolved Gases or Other Compounds Possible to Sense With Microsensors

A portable apparatus is used to measure and store patient vital signs (i.e., temperature, blood pressure, blood gas levels, etc.) which can be sensed with microprocessors. The instrument consists of a battery-operated potentiostat- potentiometer with an LCD display, keyboard and memory adequate to store and process information from 10 measured events on about 50 patients. The keyboard is used to enter the patient's name, time, and/or other identifying information. Each reading, when taken, would show up on the LCD display, informing the operator what is measured and giving the reading in the proper units for quick-check purposes. Each individual measurement can be taken manually, or the unit can be set to automatic- ally perform all the desired readings sequentially. The instrument is equipped with a preprogrammed memory which would show the operator that a given reading is outside the normal limits. If desired, the data could be reviewed by the operator by punching in the patient's name or ID and recalling all the data. Such a portable instrument could be used by a nurse, blood laboratory technician, or a doctor in his office. Only one drop of blood would be necessary to perform all the tests. The instrument could also be used in connection with skin pH, O2, and temperature measurement (non-invasive) or as a subcutaneous measurement device. When desired o...