Philips releases early warning system for UK hospital

Health technology company Philips has announced the UK launch of a smart vital sign monitoring system designed to alert caregivers to deteriorating environment.

Philips has launched its General Ward Solutions at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) in London. General Ward Solutions in a monitoring system which provides fully automated and configurable early warning scoring for the hospital ward. By using the system, clinicians can be connected to treat patients with specific needs. The system integrates smart monitoring technology spot-check monitors and data to give staff on the ward access to an automated scoring system based on parameters defined by clinical teams. Philips hopes its General Ward Solution will accelerate treatment by alerting care teams to signals of patient deterioration.

The early warning score is calculated directly on monitors at the bedside and uploaded to a central dashboard and Patient Administration System. If the score requires attention, a notification with patient information will be automatically directed to the relevant staff member through mobile phone alerts, the central ward monitoring hub or the outreach team office.

NHNN deputy divisional clinical director Sally Wilson said: “The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery is proud of its partnership with Philips to pioneer the use of advanced medical innovations for the benefit of its patients. As a leading UK neurological and neurosurgical hospital, we are committed to trialling new solutions to improve patient care. This is an ideal site for the launch of a new EWS system in a general ward environment.”

Dr Chris Subbe, consultant in Acute, Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine based at Bangor University and leader of the comparative study at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “Philips General Ward Solutions are transforming care by bringing the safety net of ITU into the general ward. The systems’ connect clinicians with the right skills to those patients who are most at risk and with customisable escalation protocols, the software helps to deliver care that is matched to individual patients’ specific needs.”

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