The vital signs are the basic means when assessing health, determining the level of medical urgency and used in many diagnostic algorithms. The vitals include heart rate (pulse), respiratory rate, body temperature, blood oxygen level (SpO2%) and blood pressure.
Current methods for measuring the vital signs are time-consuming, tie up limited resources and require skin contact and as such bring infection risks amongst patients. These instances are often considered bottlenecks in emergency care departments and can cause extended waiting time, leaving patients at risk. Rapidly identifying the most critically ill in a waiting room is called triage and it is based on measuring the vital signs – patient by patient.
For the in-bed patient at a hospital, the triage measurements are a continuous process. Through Detectivio’s product, the act of taking the measurements could not only be facilitated but as well gathered information could feed into a centralised patient record. So data can be transferred in real-time to the system attached.
Furthermore, a triage based assessments should be the baseline for all medical treatment and a standard in health care centres (vårdcentral) but often are neglected by members of the staff to streamline waiting times and process.