9. Centralized Monitoring of Hospital Patients
Hospitals have long struggled with “alarm fatigue,” when
busy caregivers become desensitized to the constant noise
emanating from cardiac telemetry monitoring systems.
Reports indicate that up to 44 percent of inpatient car-
diac arrests are not detected appropriately. Centralized
monitoring has emerged as the answer, as part of a “mission control” operation in which off-site personnel use
advanced equipment, including sensors and high-definition cameras to monitor blood pressure, heart rate, res-
piration and more. Complex data are assimilated to trigger on-site intervention when appropriate while filtering
out unimportant alarms. In 2016, results from the CMU’s first 13 months of using the standardized criteria were
published showing that there’s real hope of reducing rates of redundant or less significant alarms while improv-
ing clinical outcomes. Since then, further innovation has yielded a system that can double the number of moni-
tored patients per technician, improve clinical outcomes, and decrease communication transit times.
10. Scalp Cooling for Reducing Chemotherapy
Newly diagnosed cancer patients have a lot to process.
For women, the inevitable loss of hair is often one of the
hardest. There is a new technology making its way to the
U.S. that is looking to eliminate this problem from some
patients’ lists of worries.
“Scalp cooling”—which works by reducing the temperature of the scalp a few degrees immediately before, during
and after chemotherapy—has been shown to be effective for preserving hair in women receiving chemotherapy
for early-stage breast cancer. The scalp cooling system was FDA approved in May 2017.
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