Vital Signs Devicem

A Gadget that Monitors Blood Pressure, Other Vital Signs in a Mobile System


The “ViSi Mobile” medical device measures vital signs, pO2, and does 3 and 5 lead EKGs.  As pictured above, it is similar to a large wrist watch, with wires coming out of it, to go to the chest for readings of pulse, respirations, and EKG strips.  There is also wire for the pulse oximeter to measure pO2 from a finger clamp.  The Blood Pressure is measured non-invasively by sensors.

Currently, this monitor is read by both the patient and healthcare worker, to see these parameters in real-time, and is used in normal hospital bed settings and the ER, but not in the ICU, and CCU.  Frequently hospital patients are not in direct contact with nurses, etc., and anything that changes allows the patient to alert the nurse.

FDA OKs Sotera’s full wireless ViSi Mobile Wireless patient monitoring system

In August, 2012, the FDA approved the application for wireless use of this device, for hosptial settings.    After  FDA approval,  the parameters can be wirelessly transmitted to iPads, iPhones, nurses stations, etc., which will open up unlimited uses for this great medical gadget.  It will be a huge influence, on the monitoring of home-bound patients.  Doctors will be able to check on real data, if one of their patients calls him with a problem.  This could save many unnecessary trips to the hospital for the patient, with its attendant uncomfortable ambulance ride, and wait in the Emergency Room.  Or it could alert the physician to a really ill  patient, that needs immediate attention, and admission and workup.

Vital Signs Monitoring from Anywhere, Anytime

This device will be a boon to Intensivists, or doctors that work in the ICU.  Mr Jones, a chronic COPDer in bed 6 of the ICU; his pO2 was decreasing, so he was started on an Aminophylline drip.  This can be checked from anywhere by the doctor.  Well, Mr. Jone’s pO2 was increasing nicely, so the doctor decreased the rate of the medicine from his home.  And, Mr. Smith in Bed 5.  He has a history of atrial fibrillation, but went on a bender, and showed up in the ER with a fib, with an unstable ventricular rate.  He was stabilited with a bolus of Cardizem, and now is on a Cardizem drip.  Well, as the doctor looks at the EKG from his breakfast table, he sees that the rhythm is now regular, and we can also back off on the rate, and maybe DC it later today, when rounds are done.

The potential use of this device is simply staggering, on both the improvement of the diagnostic tools afforded the doctor, as well as to the lowering of costs of unnecessary trips to the hosptital.

It is no coinicidence that some of the biggest, most savvy healthcare investors in the Health Industry are financially backing this device, including Cerner Capital, Qualcommn Ventures, West Health Investment Fund, Sanderling Ventures, EDBI, and Apposite Capital,  to the tune of almost 100 Million dollars.






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