Patient monitors are able to measure, record and display biometrics like blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, oxygen saturation and more. They can be used to monitor vital patients in clinics, hospitals and other remote locations. Portable monitors for patients are an excellent way to stay on top of your patients and their care in the field or by paramedics.
Physiologic Data Interpretation
Nurses use physiologic monitors regular basis to ensure that critically ill patients are in stable condition and receiving timely, appropriate treatment. It is often difficult to understand the wide range of physiologic parameters that are displayed on a data display and use the information for making decisions.
The biggest issues nurses face are being able to detect and interpret changes in physiologic parameter and interpreting these changes in the contexts of all other physiologic parameters as well as the history of a patient as well as the current treatment regimens. The prompt detection of changes in one or more parameters could be vital for an outcome that is successful however it can cause false alarms.
In many cases, nurses use their experience and expectations about potential problems to interpret the information displayed on a monitor. Some nurses also rely on the “cognitive tunnel vision” that happens when they try to focus on individual variables, which could result in errors in their interpretation.