Technology turns General Ward into ICU
Technology turns General Ward into ICU

In a sigh of relief for nurses who now have to spend less time visiting patients’ beds to record their individual health information, at Narayana Health’s Cardiac Hospital in Bengaluru, around 700 beds in the hospital are now fitted with connected sensors, which monitor vital signs such as blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature, pulse, and sends that information to connected computer and smartphones. 

Renowned Cardiac Surgeon, Chairman and Executive Director of Narayana Health Dr Devi Prasad said, nurses in most hospitals have to spend around 15 minutes visiting every patient to check and record health data. “Nurses hate that job, and at 12 o’clock at night when the patient is woken up to record some of these vitals, they scream at them," said Shetty.

He further added that hospitals should focus on making the nurse’s jobs more interesting and productive. Additionally, the Honeywell solution also provides information including the patient’s posture, blood oxygen levels, and ECG. “It is reliable and provides data on any vitals you want," He said. 

Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions India General Manager Nandakumar K said that in order to ensure the privacy of the patients, they are identified through only a bed number allotted to them. In addition to that hospitals also have to decide on a limited number of hospital staff who can access such health information. 

Narayana Health is one of the fastest-growing hospitals in the country that is looking to adopt such solutions, it can also allow healthcare centres to have more intensive care unit (ICU) beds. Shetty also highlighted that 5-10% of the hospital’s beds are currently dedicated to critical care, but in the near future, nearly half of these will be for critical care. 

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