A high-tech adhesive patch that can monitor a
patient's vital signs has been invented by Sensium Healthcare, a
leading developer of wireless healthcare devices.
Bearing resemblance to a bandage and weighing just
half an ounce, the SensiumVitals patch monitors heart rate,
respiration and temperature.
When the patch is fixed to a patient's chest, it
takes reading every two minutes and forwards the data wirelessly to a
nurse's station as well as handled devices.
Notifications can also be sent to nurses if
readings surpass certain pre-set thresholds, according to the
They claim that each wireless patch is disposable
and provides a battery life of five days.
The high tech patch has been on trial at Hurley
Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, since the end of May, and was
successfully experimented at Saint John's Health Center in Santa
Monica, California, last year.
Initial response to the patch at its first U.K.
trial has also been positive. More than 50 patients at Spire
Healthcare's Montefiore Hospital in Brighton have used
SensiumVitals since the end of May.
Nurses with the hospital viewed the technology as
a better way to provide more effective care.
"The main advantage of the system is the
frequency of the data sent automatically from the patch. It keeps
nurses up to date with all their patients, so they are able to manage
their workload more effectively," said Lynette Awdry, matron at