A Guide to the Different Types of Patient Monitors

Did you know that 30 million U.S. patients will use remote patient monitors by 2024?

Patient monitoring devices keep patients in medical facilities healthy by tracking vital signs. These devices can monitor a patient’s pulse, body temperature, blood pressure, and more.

You can also use patient monitoring devices in hospital emergency rooms and operating rooms. Today, we’re going to talk about the different patient monitors available on the market.

Respiration Rate Monitoring

This type of monitoring system measures how many times a person breathes per minute. Respiration rate determines whether a person is breathing normally or has stopped breathing completely. Respiration rate monitoring may also be called pulse oximetry and pulse transit time (PTT).

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Blood pressure refers to the force exerted by circulating blood against vessel walls as it flows through arteries and veins.

The higher number represents your heart muscle contracting and forcing blood into vessels. The lower number represents your heart muscle relaxing and allowing blood to flow back into your heart. You can measure blood pressure using an inflatable cuff that wraps around an arm or leg.

Heart Rate Monitor

A heart rate monitor is a type of patient monitoring that measures your heart rate. This is important because a high or low heart rate can show problems with your heartbeat. The most common type of heart rate monitor is called an electrocardiograph (ECG).

An ECG uses electrodes placed on your chest to measure electrical impulses generated by your heart muscle cells. If there is an abnormal sound or beat pattern detected by the machine, then it will provide you with instructions on how to proceed with treatment options or further testing.

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Holter Monitor

A Holter monitor records heart activity over 24 hours with a portable computer worn by the patient, who then returns it to a doctor for analysis. This helps diagnose arrhythmias that occur over longer periods than those that would be picked up by an ECG taken at a point during an episode of palpitations or other symptoms.

Pulse Oximeter

The pulse oximeter is one of the most commonly used medical devices in hospitals. It measures the level of oxygen in your blood by shining a light through it and measuring how much light passes through your blood vessels.

This information is then displayed as a percentage or as an actual number. The higher the percentage or number, the better your blood oxygen levels are. These devices are usually attached to babies’ fingers or toes so they can monitor their oxygen levels while they sleep or while they’re being held by a parent or caregiver.

Patient Monitors Can Make or Break Your Practice

The patient monitors you select will depend on your preferences and the needs of your practice.

There is no single correct answer that applies to every medical office. It is best to shop around and speak with several manufacturers. This way, you will find medical equipment that is both affordable and meets your needs perfectly.

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