Evaluation: Philips IntelliVue MX40 Integrated-Display Telemetry System

June 8, 2016 | Evaluations & Guidance


The MX40 is a patient-worn monitor equipped with an integrated display; it serves as a telemetry transceiver, transmitting waveforms and patient data to the Philips IntelliVue Information Center iX (PIIC iX) central monitoring system. The PIIC iX can provide distributed access to patient information throughout the hospital at central stations and mobile access via the Internet.

The MX40 telemetry device,1combined with the PIIC iX platform, is an excellent choice for most hospitals that can (and expect to) leverage the broad networking capabilities and configurability of the system. It may be especially advantageous for larger hospitals that want to access telemetry data and manage system configurations from multiple care areas. The MX40 device offers most of the features that we believe transmitters with integrated displays should offer to enhance patient safety in many of today's telemetry settings, including:

  1. The option to have alarms annunciated, and messages displayed, at the device

  2. A color display with up to two waveforms, and numeric patient data with alarm limits

  3. The ability to silence and pause alarms at the MX40

  4. The ability for the MX40 to transition to the functionality of a mini-monitor if wireless communication is lost, and provide full multilead arrhythmia detection capability and alarms

a) In addition, the MX40 can be purchased with either Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) 1.4 GHz Smart-hopping or Wi-Fi-certified 802.11a/b/g/n for wireless communication; Philips is progressive in offering a choice between WMTS and Wi-Fi.

b) The MX40 can be powered by either three AA alkaline batteries or a single rechargeable Li-ion...

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