ECRI evaluates patient monitoring systems
3 February 2005
Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA. ECRI an independent, nonprofit health services
research agency offers purchasing guidance on six physiologic monitoring
systems in its January 2005 issue of Health Devices.
The patient monitoring systems were evaluated and rated for seven separate
applications, including the critical care unit, emergency department,
intermediate care unit and general medical/surgical floor, two operating
room applications, postanaesthesia care unit, and transport. Bedside
monitors within each monitoring system were also given individual ratings.
ECRI’s physiologic monitoring system study helps healthcare facilities
choose the most appropriate system to best suit the facilities’ needs.
Monitoring systems from Dräger, GE Healthcare, Nihon Kohden, Philips,
Spacelabs, and Welch Allyn were among those tested. The study focused
primarily on adaptability, alarm implementation, and human factors design.
While the systems performed well against the majority of criteria, ECRI
identified several key differences in specific features and performance
areas that have the potential to impact patient safety and work flow. The
publication also includes an in-depth look at issues related to monitoring
system alarm notification and enhancement.
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