It looks like a high-tech watch, but it is in fact keeping a watch.
Radboud MC teaching hospital in Nijmegen is trialling new smart wristbands to monitor patients day and night.
The hospital has been providing 60 patients with a device to measure blood pressure, temperature, heart rhythm, breathing and oxygen uptake, setting off an alarm if any vital functions are abnormal.
Devices link to software allowing doctors and nurses to better track and monitor patients than – it is hoped – the traditional nurse doing the rounds of wards.
‘Especially with serious complications like blood poisoning or pulmonary embolism, it can save people’s lives,’ reports the NOS on Thursday.
The system is being used in the internal medicine and surgical wards and is also intended to monitor patient risk and reduce the stay in intensive care or in hospital.
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