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A TECHNIQUE FOR CAPTURING DISCONNECTION OF A PATIENT MONITOR FROM A PATIENT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248348D
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

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Abstract

A technique for detecting disconnection of a patient monitor from a patient is disclosed. The technique includes recording a zero reading for vital signs as a disconnection of the patient monitor from the patient. According to one embodiment, the disconnection event is integrated into discharge and admission workflow of a medical centre and used to capture and confirm discharge and/or admission of patients.

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A TECHNIQUE FOR CAPTURING DISCONNECTION OF A PATIENT MONITOR FROM A PATIENT

BACKGROUND

 

The present disclosure relates generally to patient monitors and more particularly to a technique for capturing disconnection of a patient monitor from a patient.

In many instances patients admitted to medical centers such as hospitals and nursing homes require monitoring of vital signs for short or prolonged periods. On discharge of one patient the same monitoring equipment is generally used for next admitted patient. Current systems of registering change of patient connected to the monitor are generally independent of the monitor data.

Most conventional systems include one way communication and recordal of data generated by the patient monitor to a repository of data for each patient.  However, the data is associated with a particular patient by human intervention, such as input of patient identity by a caregiver. Such systems are prone to human errors and it is possible to change a patient connected to the monitor and miss changing the patient identity. This is a potential source of incorrect data collection for patients and may lead to serious medical errors and consequences.

It would be desirable to have an efficient technique for detecting disconnection of a patient monitor from a patient.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Figure 1 depicts a dialog box for capturing confirmation of discharge of a patient disconnected from a patient monitor.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

A technique for detecting disconnection of a patient monitor from a patient is disclosed. The technique includes recording a zero reading for vital signs as a disconnection of the patient monitor from the patien...