One more sign of the increasing efforts to improve patient treatment outside of hospital intensive care areas is the emergence of a WiFi-enabled device worn like a wristwatch that continuously transmits a patient's vital signs to clinicians.
Sotera Wireless (San Diego, CA) announced this week that it has received 510(k) clearance from the United
States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ViSi Mobile System. Sales to hospitals are beginning immediately.
"The way the majority of ambulatory patients in general care hospital settings around the world are monitored today is inadequate and may put patients at risk," says Beth Mancini chair for undergraduate nursing programs at the University of Texas at Arlington. "Wireless continuous monitoring of key vital signs holds the promise to substantially change this and allow early detection of patient deterioration and enable rapid response by constantly monitoring all vital signs."...