SMArTVIEW tests early warning system for post-op patients
Mar 20, 2018
Dr. Michael McGillion talks about the SMArTVIEW project in this article in CanHealth.
By Dianne Daniel, CanHealth
The sooner you learn of a potential risk, the more likely you are to mitigate it. That’s the premise behind recent strides to bring early warning systems to hospital surgical wards, where the goal is to reduce complications, emergency room visits, hospital readmissions and mortality rates after surgery by more closely monitoring patients – even after discharge.
In January, Ontario’s Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) started to enrol patients in its SMArTVIEW trial, a ground-breaking project that aims to reduce complications and improve outcomes in patients aged 65 and older who undergo cardiac or vascular surgery.
While in hospital recovering from surgery, patients are outfitted with wireless respiratory pods, blood pressure cuffs and oxygen saturation monitors, all of which are continuously monitored by the Philips Guardian system. Radio frequency hot spot transmitters placed throughout the surgical ward allow them to roam freely without losing connection.
Read more about SMArTVIEW on CanHealth site
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