Inventors: Dr. Adi Nimrod, director of the intensive care department Dr. Gil Zoizner, ENT Dr. Jonathan Rubin
Failure to Rescue (FTR) is the inadequate or delayed response to clinical deterioration in patients in general hospital wards. It can lead to serious adverse events and expose the patient to increased risk of death and may result in measurable disability. Today, due to chronic shortage of nurses in general hospital wards, 80% of the patients on general floors are left unattended between nursing rounds, with no regular monitoring to detect signs of clinical instability. The most critical period of inpatient care is during the night shift, when hospital staff is often further undermanned. Failure to Rescue is preventable and is an established measure of patient safety and hospital quality. Patients commonly show signs and symptoms of deterioration for hours or even days before cardiorespiratory arrest.
A wearable sensor system that includes sensors, a processor, a communication interface (wired or wireless) and dedicated software/signal processing records and transmits information as part of a rapid response system without inconveniencing the patient. The sensor system may be programmed to record and transmit data on demand – from continuously to intermittently every few hours – and responds dynamically to changes in the patient’s condition.
The system provides reliable detection and indication of adverse events in order to enable prompt medical response and intervention. The system was designed by physicians to comply with their very strict demands.
ABI Research has projected that by 2016, wearable wireless medical device sales will reach more than 100 million devices annually. The global market for Vital Sign Monitors is $3.15 billion, growing at 6.6% CAGR. In addition to hospital use, market opportunities for the system include hospital-level monitoring of wounded in the field and home monitoring of conditions such as blood pressure which is a very large market with no truly satisfactory solution