In various chronic diseases, patients themselves need regular automated checking of BP, Pulse, ECG, Capnography. Patient Monitor, also Known as Multi-parameter Monitors Can Report All the Common Parameters and are Better than Simple Pulse Oximeters. Needless to say, doctors can be patients too. With varying range of pricing from GE healthcare to Made in China electronics has wider range of function and pricing of the devices.
Patient Monitor : Understanding the Standards and Features
Apart from the common IEEE Standards, ISO Standards, Patient Monitor Needs to pass Standardization bodies for the Anaesthetists for calculating the chance of error. Patient Monitors are for the Anaesthetists, entry level devices still can be used by them. As a part of a major patient safety & risk management effort, they has devised specific, detailed, mandatory standards for minimal patient monitoring.
Features of this devices can widely vary, advanced devices has standard hardware Ports for connecting to the network via router or Printers. Lowest end devices are used by the doctors of some specialities for various reasons. From vital signs monitors and pulse oximeters, as well as anesthesia systems, capnography, defibrillators, and many others types of equipments are called patient monitor. These are all-in-one embedded systems.
Patients can have an approximate idea of the features from the above list.
Patient Monitor : Pricing Guide For Patients & Doctors
Doctors should limit themselves to buy the devices from Standard companies including (but not limited to) Phillips, GE. Patients and Medical Students, however have the reason to think about budget, when defibrillator capnograph etc function not needed, you may run for a budget device. The reason of higher pricing for the OT devices is preciseness, faster response and faster processing of data (they use different processor technology offered by Intel), ability for sterilization. Under normal condition, so many sophisticated functions not needed.
GE Healthcare’s CARESCAPE V100 (blue colored in the photograph) and VC150 vital signs monitor are standard low end device. As like all electronic stuffs, everything is available on Ebay to Amazon – from GE or Made in China company. GE Healthcare’s CARESCAPE V100 costs in between $750 to $1000, whereas with more features, Made in China Patient monitor costs around $270 (white color in the photograph). On the other hand, we need minimum GE B40 Patient Monitor, which costs 5.5K USD per unit.