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Welch Allyn adds "scoring app" to vital signs monitor

Iain Morris
July 16, 2014
Medical diagnostics player Welch Allyn has launched a new scoring app for its vital signs monitor, allowing healthcare professionals to monitor the wellbeing of their patients more efficiently.

The feature lets caregivers score patient data on Welch Allyn’s (Skaneateles Falls, NY, USA) Connex Vital Signs Monitor (VSM) device, including patient vitals as well as manually entered assessments and measurements, and can be used to track signs of patient deterioration using a hospital’s own early warning score (EWS) protocols.

Data can also be transferred wirelessly to a wide range of electronic medical record systems and made immediately available to clinical staff to improve decision-making.

“The availability of a bedside scoring app for existing Connex VSM customers gives them an immediate, point-of-care patient assessment tool that can be customized to meet facility protocols,” said Doug Linquest, senior vice president of the Vital Signs Business Unit at Welch Allyn. “It allows hospitals to provide standard tools and protocols where they’re needed.”

“For example, it can be used to document and track signs of patient deterioration minute-by-minute right at the bedside – to provide an early warning sign of possible adverse events, enable timely intervention to help improve patient safety, and potentially mitigate unnecessary cost and risk,” he added.

Welch Allyn says the app can be configured to match other scoring protocols, helping clinicians to determine whether a patient may require continuous monitoring.

The app is designed to build on the device parameters and customizable data fields of the VSM, which can also capture automatic measurements such as heart rate, blood pressure and temperature.

Standard manual parameters would include fields such as respiration, height, weight and pain level, but these can be expanded to capture other data the hospital would like to document, such as consciousness level, intakes and outputs and so on.

“As hospitals struggle to remain competitive in the new healthcare system, they’ll need every advantage to deliver enhanced patient care at lower cost,” said Welch Allyn’s Holly Mount. “The pressure on clinicians will only escalate as new healthcare rules make the need to quickly identify changes in patient health even more important.”
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