A hospital uses high-tech sensors to transform its general ward into an ICU.
Story so far: Bengaluru’s Narayana Health cardiac hospital is at the cutting edge of treating and managing patients. They’ve enabled the hospital to attain a new level of efficiency in treating patients, whether they’re in general or intensive care.
- 700 beds are fitted with sensors that measure vital signs. It also provides information on a patient’s posture, blood oxygen levels, and ECG. The sensors used are similar to patches used for ECGs which are placed on the chest. They’re connected to real-time health monitoring systems.
Currently, 5-10% of hospital beds are for critical care. In the future, that will double. The sensors and the system were designed by Honeywell, and according to Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, the hospital’s Chairman, the data is reliable.
How’s it helping? Nurses are now spending less time visiting patients’ beds to record health information. Some patients may also not be cooperative, especially if vitals need to be taken at odd times. This technology solves the problem.