PATIENT MONITORING & TREATMENT
From home healthcare practices to in-person medical facilities, the medical industry continues to evolve introducing new requirements for medical equipment used to diagnose, monitor, and treat patients.
This is especially true in medical applications where vital sign monitoring tools, medical pump equipment, respiratory devices and minimally invasive technologies are present. These applications have evolved and been influenced by the progression of the Internet of Things (IoT) adding to the more connected healthcare ecosystem that exists today. Sensors are at the center of this connected healthcare ecosystem since they enable the collection of accurate data which allows medical professionals and patients access to vital information regarding the patient’s ongoing condition.
FEATURED APPLICATIONS FOR PATIENT MONITORING & TREATMENT
Infusion pumps, hemodialysis and blood flow monitoring applications are vital technologies for surviving certain medical conditions. Within these medical pump systems, sensors are integrated to confirm the continuous flow, detect occlusion, externally detect bubbles in lines, and measure liquid levels.
Minimally Invasive Equipment
From non-invasive blood pressure monitoring to minimally invasive surgical procedures, there are a variety of medical tools and equipment that require less invasive methods. Force, pressure, temperature, and other sensors allow for accurate, reliable measurements so the equipment used to monitor the patient can perform as expected.
Ventilators pump breathable air into and out of the lungs either via an artificial airway (invasive ventilation) or via a face mask (non-invasive ventilation). As this air is exchanged from machine to the respiratory system, pressure, temperature, position, vibration, and CO2 detection sensors are used to monitor and manage the ventilation system.
Vital Signs Monitoring
Vital signs are the standard indicators to assess a patient’s health status. Body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate and blood pressure are the four most common vital signs that help determine a patient’s health. At the center of vital signs monitoring there are sensors that continue to enable the ability to monitor and track conditions.
The use of sensor technologies within these connected medical applications helps reduce costs, improve outcomes and manage patient conditions with data driven information which aids in enhancing patient experiences with value-based care. Additionally, these sensor technologies not only can monitor medical equipment and tools but can also physically monitor the internal workings of the patient during medical procedures. Therefore, there are many requirements these sensors must meet to perform within a medical application in today’s healthcare environment. Some of these considerations include durable packaging to withstand harsh medical conditions, ultra-compact packaging for applications where space is a concern, digital signal processing to enhance intelligent sensing, low power requirements and multi-sensor integration to capture multiple types of measurement. With the integration of these technologies into medical sensor design, sensors are becoming more embedded into various applications in our lives. The data collected by sensors can help medical professionals understand critical situations faster and more accurately while enabling patients to be more informed about their conditions and improvements. From non-invasive blood pressure monitoring to home ventilator portable units, sensors are providing localized data and information to the cloud to better serve patients, medical professionals, and the medical industry.
Internet of Medical Things
Sensors enable the collection of data in various medical applications to change the way in which patients are treated and monitored. Learn how TE Connectivity (TE) is applying sensor technologies in the IoMT landscape for a healthier future.