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Contact-Free Continuous Monitoring

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With patient acuity and complexity increasing, and patient-to-nurse ratios rising, the med-surg environment can be challenging. Amidst this reality, too many patients are dying from preventable causes.


Unrecognized patient deterioration can lead to mortality and may affect as many as 17% of hospital admissions. Heart rate and respiratory rate are the two most important predictors for adverse events. Early intervention for these patients is crucial to keeping them safe.

That’s why contact-free, continuous monitoring of heart rate and respiratory rate on the Centrella® Smart+ bed is designed to:

  • Identify signs of patient deterioration
  • Initiate an early intervention
  • Help promote patient safety


Read the story in Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare to see how Arnot Ogden Medical Center uses contact-free, continuous monitoring to protect patients from clinical deterioration.

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Identify Signs of Patient Deterioration

An integrated sensor in the bed frame detects heart rate and respiratory rate (HR/RR) through the surface and updates HR/RR twice per second. This information is compiled in an algorithm to create a running trend of HR/RR. The bed alerts when HR/RR exceeds a customizable threshold.

Help Initiate an Early Intervention

When HR/RR exceed a customizable threshold, caregivers are notified via a SafeView® + System indicator light, GCI touchscreen alerts and audible alerts. Alerts are also routed from the bed to the nurse call system via dome lights, status board and mobile devices.

Help Promote Patient Safety

At one hospital, contact-free, continuous monitoring in an inpatient 33-bed med-surg unit led to:

  • 86% reduction in number of code blue events
  • 45% reduction in number of ICU days on patients transferred from med-surg
  • 9% reduction in length of stay


Contact-Free Continuous Monitoring

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