Evaluation: Medtronic Vital Sync Virtual Patient Monitoring Platform (VPMP) and Informatics Manager for Continuous Vital Signs Monitoring

May 24, 2017 | Evaluations & Guidance

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The Medtronic Vital Sync Virtual Patient Monitoring Platform (VPMP) and Informatics Manager used with the Nellcor PM1000N Bedside Respiratory Patient Monitor or Capnostream 20p Bedside Capnography Monitor is a good choice for low-acuity continuous vital signs monitoring applications on a medical-surgical floor.

Although the system offers flexibility to choose the parameters to monitor, the use of several discrete devices means that patient setup requires more steps than with the other systems we evaluated. The Vital Sync early warning score (EWS) application provides clinicians with an ability to deploy one of four published algorithms or a hospital-configured EWS algorithm, providing them with an ability to tailor the EWS algorithm to the needs of a patient, the unit, or the facility. The system is designed to alert on emergent events as well as EWS deteriorations and offers an ability to connect to third-party devices such as ventilators and multiparameter patient monitors. But in order to appropriately respond to the EWS application, nurses will need additional training. The Capnostream 20p and Nellcor PM1000N do not offer customizable passwords, potentially making the monitors vulnerable to unauthorized access. The system is set for one-directional communication.

  1. The primary purpose of the device:

a) The Nellcor PM1000N Bedside Respiratory Patient Monitor or the Capnostream 20p Bedside Capnography Monitor, which can be used with the Vital Sync VPMP and Informatics Manager, continuously measures, stores, and displays oxygen saturation (SpO2), pulse rate (PR), respiration rate (RR), and end-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2) values and trends for adult, pediatric, infant (ages 1 and over), and neonatal patients in lower-acuity settings.

b) The Vital Sync VPMP and Informatics Manager analyzes and interprets vital signs data to offer trends and alerts clinicians to emergent events such as high RR or low SpO2. The Vital Sync platform also offers published (i.e., MEWS—Modified Early Warning Score, NEWS—National Early Warning Score, SEWS—Scottish Early Warning...

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