GE Healthcare has recently obtained FDA 510(k) clearance for its groundbreaking Portrait Mobile wireless and wearable monitoring system. This advanced platform offers real-time continuous monitoring and provides a personalized view of a patient's vital signs, all while allowing them to remain mobile during critical recovery periods, such as post-surgery or ICU discharge. Unlike the conventional intermittent vital sign checks that occur every 4-6 hours, this continuous monitoring system enables healthcare professionals to detect deteriorations earlier.
The Portrait Mobile solution consists of wireless sensors worn by the patient, coupled with a smartphone-sized monitor. It eliminates the need for traditional tethers, granting patients the freedom to move within the ward. This mobility is a significant development in healthcare, as it can lead to improved patient outcomes and shorter hospital stays.
GE Healthcare leverages its expertise in parameter excellence to modernize respiration rate measurement with this system. It employs dual-vector respiration rate measurement technology, featuring an innovative algorithm tailored for mobile patients. This ensures accurate and continuous respiratory rate measurements, even when patients' breathing patterns change.
Patients recovering from major surgery are particularly vulnerable, as their vital signs are typically monitored only every 4-6 hours, potentially missing critical events. Continuous vital sign monitoring can assist clinicians in promptly identifying patients experiencing difficulties, enabling quicker intervention. Undetected patient deterioration, especially post-surgery, can lead to preventable but serious consequences, representing a significant global health concern.
Continuous data flow and real-time monitoring of vital signs, including respiration rate, oxygen saturation, and pulse rate, empower healthcare providers to intervene in a timely manner. Prior to the introduction of Portrait Mobile, patient monitoring required patients to be tethered to their beds, limiting their mobility. GE Healthcare's design addresses this limitation, introducing a small wearable wireless inpatient monitoring solution that provides reliable data to the patient's care team while affording patients greater freedom and flexibility during recovery. This advancement in acute care reflects GE Healthcare's deep understanding of patient needs and its commitment to empowering caregivers with valuable insights.