Evaluation: Philips IntelliVue Cableless Measurement with IntelliVue Guardian Software for Continuous Vital Signs Monitoring
June 29, 2016 | Evaluations & Guidance
The Philips IntelliVue Cableless Measurement with Guardian software is a good choice for low-acuity continuous vital signs monitoring applications on a medical-surgical floor.
Patient setup requires more steps than the other systems we evaluated because a spot-check or bedside monitor is required to establish baseline readings. On the other hand, the system's Early Warning Scoring (EWS) and the ability to choose from up to five hospital-customized protocols means that nurses can probably use the system and tailor it to their patients during initial admission without a lot of training. The Guardian solution only generates visual alerts; it provides no audible alerts. Parameters feed into the Guardian's EWS software for alerts, and alerts come only from the EWS score, so there are no individual parameter alerts to add to alert fatigue. This system is not designed to detect emergent events. Battery life is good for the pulse oximetry (SpO2) and noninvasive blood pressure (NIBP) pods, but two RR (respiration rate) pods per bed are required for 24-hour coverage.
The Philips IntelliVue Cableless Measurement with Guardian software continuously monitors patient vital signs through use of one or more "pods" worn by adult patients in non-ICU care settings. Three different pods measure parameters including pulse rate, respiration rate, intermittent NIBP, SpO2, and patient posture and activity. The Guardian system analyzes, interprets, and applies a hospital-customized Guardian EWS algorithm to vital signs data to offer trends and visual notifications, for the purpose of detecting and notifying clinicians of signs of early patient deterioration.
The system also allows manual entry of other parameters such as level of consciousness/alertness, presence of sepsis, pain score, and temperature. These parameters are also used...