By utilizing groundbreaking software, the University of Utah Hospital is taking bedside monitoring to another level.
"When a patient suffers a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, the doctors’ primary concern is making sure enough nutrients are getting to the brain or the spinal cord," University of Utah Health Communications and Marketing said in a release. "This software allows doctors to select specific patient variables they want to monitor at the same time. The care team is provided with trend data as well as pie charts which report threshold compliance in real time."
The new software, which currently is still being beta-tested, offers doctors and nurses "real-time feedback" on certain patient metrics, like blood and brain pressure, the release said.
“We're not only utilizing new and groundbreaking technologies that others have developed, we are inventing new technologies here at the University of Utah,” Dr. Gregory Hawryluk, a neurosurgeon who specializes in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, said in the release. “In our intensive care unit we are using technologies that no one else for a long ways has. Our new software – no one else has it yet.”