What should I consider when purchasing a patient monitor?CardioTech
Who really uses patient monitors?
In modern medicine, patient monitoring is the observation of a condition, disease or several medical parameters over a period of time.
Patient monitoring can be performed by continuously measuring parameters (including SpO2, Co2, Temperature, ECG & Multi-Gas) or repeatedly performing tests such as blood glucose monitoring.
The data stored from patient monitors is then transmitted to a Central Monitoring Station. Which is known as telemetry.
Vital Sign Parameters
Monitoring vital sign parameters commonly include blood pressure, heart rate, pulse oximetry, and respiratory rate.
Vital sign monitors allow for continuous monitoring of a patient’s several vital parameters and allow doctors and nurses to seamlessly monitor the general condition of a patient while moving around the office or hospital.
What might be monitored by a patient monitor?
Blood glucose monitoring
Blood sugar levels are a great way to understand the potential risks of a patient’s health. High and low blood pressure can indicate heart disease, nerve damage, vision problems, poor blood flow, kidney disease, seizures, and coma.
Sensors may be applied to the patient to provide warnings of high-stress levels. It can also provide suggestions and alerts to the medical professional.
Carbon Monoxide Monitoring
Carbon monoxide monitoring or Capnography refers to the noninvasive measurement of the partial pressure of carbon dioxide (CO2) in exhaled breath expressed as the CO2 concentration over time.
Monitoring body temperatures is an important element to patient monitoring. Elevated body temperatures can indicate a fever or abnormal body temperatures. While fevers aren’t typically dangerous, however temperatures at or over 41C can be potentially fatal.
Electrocardiograph monitoring is an essential element for all patient monitors. ECG monitoring helps catch arrhythmia, heart palpitations and other heart and cardiac related health issues.
Non-Invasive Blood Pressure Monitoring (NIBP)
Monitoring of the arterial blood pressure is extremely important to patients that are acutely or critically ill. Automated blood pressure monitoring is standard technology when it comes to newer vital sign or patient monitors.
Where can you purchase a patient monitor?
There are several online and brick-and-mortar stores where you can purchase high-quality medical devices, but we recommend that you survey a variety of different medical equipment suppliers in order to find the best prices and availability.
As we’ve mentioned in other articles, there are factors that affect the purchase price of a patient monitor or vital signs monitor. Make sure that your facility gathers a list of required parameters or functionality before searching for a patient monitor as the configuration and brand will have a huge impact on your patient monitor’s price.
How much does a patient monitor cost?
Patient monitor’s costs fluctuate depending on the required configuration, additional accessories and the brand that you wish to purchase. In order to address how these elements effect the price we will need to give a short explanation of each “form factor”.
Required Configuration :
If you’re a doctor that works for a small private practice, you may not need a fully loaded patient monitor. However, if you’re in an ICU or ER setting, you may need a more advanced configuration to monitor muti-gas, Co2 levels, and other higher acuity parameters. Adding higher acuity parameters can be very costly (anywhere from $1,500 – $4,000 in additional costs).
Similar to most industries, brand plays a large role in the costs associated with a patient monitor. Big name brands like Welch Allyn and GE Healthcare are costly and typically require costly service contracts.
Additional accessories :
It is common for patient monitors and other medical equipment to include a small sample pack of disposable accessories with your initial purchase, but these sample packs will only cover a maximum of 10-15 patients. In other words, you’re going to want to purchase additional accessories such as cannula, EKG cables, electrodes and maybe a rolling stand for mobility. All of these items come with a cost. We recommend that you plan for an additional $250-650 worth of accessories.
Patient monitors are complex medical devices that can be expensive and require rigorous amounts of research before purchasing. Ensure that you purchase the right machine the first time by thoroughly researching your facilities requirements, additional accessories needed and the brand that you desire to purchase. Consider all of the form factors and reach out to several medical device companies before finalizing your purchase. If you need any assistance at all our sales and customer service team is happy to answer any questions you might have.