After major surgery, patients are manually monitored at least three times a day, for vital signs such as heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature. Abnormal values can be a warning sign of underlying problems; in the case of major abdominal surgery, this can be an indication of complications that may even be life-threatening. Such complications could eventually lead to death and can be prevented.
It is well known that the earlier an intervention, the better the outcome. In most cases, unnoticed changes in vital parameters have already occurred and gradually increased in severity. Since early December, all patients undergoing major abdominal surgery in the surgical ward have therefore been given a smart patch. The Sensium patch measures heart rate, temperature and respiratory rate every two minutes, so that a deterioration in the patient’s condition can be detected much sooner.