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The Surgical Company - Connected Care (formerly: Sensium) : An Invaluable Patient-Monitoring Tool for Care Providers
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Chad Bateman, CEO, The Surgical Company - Connected Care (formerly: Sensium)
Every year, 4.2 million people around the globe are estimated to succumb to an illness within 30 days of their surgery. That is well over the population of San Francisco! The period after the operation is one where patients are particularly vulnerable to deteriorations in their health; while stationary patients in ICUs are monitored continuously through wired devices, ambulatory patients in other wards usually only receive manual checks by healthcare providers at set intervals, presenting an opportunity of undetected deterioration.
The Sensium system, developed by the UK based Connected Care division of The Surgical Company, is a wireless, wearable technology that allows care providers to easily and effectively monitor the vital signs of patients in their care. Leveraging RF chip technology designed at Imperial College in London, the Sensium system incorporates a wearable patch that provides accurate and near real-time monitoring of the three key lead indicators of patient deterioration: heart-rate, respiration rate, and temperature. “We use gold standards for vital sign measurements: a single lead ECG for heart rates, impedance pneumography for respiration rates, and axillary temperature measurements for the core body temperature,” says Chad Bateman, CEO of Connected Care division of the Surgical Company. The data that the Sensium patch gathers is critical when treating post-surgical patients. For example, a sudden spike in temperature could indicate potential infection, which can be immediately remedied by a nurse who was preemptively notified by the system.
During the height of the pandemic, care providers were moved to the frontlines to deal with the waves of new patients. Even now, several hospitals are in dire need of extra staff. “Sensium’s remote monitoring technology serves as additional eyes and ears for care providers such that they can help the appropriate patient at the right time,” adds Bateman. The solution is an advantage in situations such as the pandemic where fewer staff, or staff redeployed from other areas, need to monitor patients in wards that require less intensive care.
Sensium’s remote monitoring technology serves as additional eyes and ears for care providers such that they can help the appropriate patient at the right time
Additionally, Sensium’s technology can also easily integrate into electronic patient records, such as EPIC, and can also be configured to display additional vital information such as patients’ SPO2 levels. While the solution provides clinicians with data to gauge the health of patients, it also bolsters perioperative patients with a sense of security and trust even when nurses are not present in the ward.
“If early warning score systems are in place, it is not uncommon for a nurse to not see a patient for up to 12 hours. However, there is clear evidence that proves that a patient’s health could deteriorate within just 60 minutes,” says Bateman. He shares a case study where, within 24 hours of its implementation in a hospital, Sensium could help one such 87-year-old patient whose health had rapidly worsened just an hour after their scheduled checkup. After the patient’s initial checkup that determined they were at low risk, Sensium detected that their temperature had abruptly shot up. The device sent notifications to the appropriate nurse, whose observations concluded that the patient should be escalated to high risk tests for sepsis and COVID-19 requested. Although both tests fortunately produced negative results, the patient showed signs of chest consolidation, which could have manifested into something more serious like pneumonia, had it not been identified and dealt with so timely.
Additionally, the patch is highly user-friendly as it can deliver status updates to tablets and other mobile devices. Patients in enhanced recovery programs can use Sensium’s RF communication technology to freely move about without manually pairing with new devices in their vicinity. Its unique roaming capabilities monitor and transmit patients’ vital signs as they move around whilecaregivers can conveniently view current values and trend history of patients’ vitals from any connected device within the hospital.
The unrivalled accuracy of the transmitted data is a testament to Sensium’s decades’ worth of research and development, which has been clinically validated by a renowned university and peer-reviewed by 23 clinical publications. Soon, Sensium aims to integrate additional features into its solution to monitor more vital signs. While the healthcare industry isoverburdened during the pandemic, companies can reliably depend on Sensium as a helping hand that will ease the burden of clinicians and care providers when monitoring patient health.
Management Chad Bateman, CEO, The Surgical Company - Connected Care (formerly: Sensium)
Description UK-based Connected Care, a division of The Surgical Company, has developed Sensium, a wireless, wearable technology that allows care providers to easily monitor the vital signs of patients in their care. Sensium has devised a wearable patch that provides accurate and continual monitoring of the three key lead indicators of patient deterioration: heart-rate, respiration rate, and temperature. The unrivalled accuracy of the transmitted data is a testament to Sensium’s decades’ worth of research and development which has been peer-reviewed by 23 clinical publications
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