Vital signs monitors enable physicians and care workers to track a patient’s well-being both in a clinic or facility and at home. With the features and reporting available, it’s important to know the difference monitors available and what they track. There are some options available for virtually every need.
A mains powered vital signs monitor is the largest units and require to be plugged in to powered. They are mostly stationary, and are usually the ones found in hospitals and medical clinics. A mains powered monitor may have battery back up in the event of a power outage, and has a large array of tests available for monitoring.
A wireless monitor is ideal for transporting a patient to or from a facility or home. The monitor can track vital signs and relay the results and information to a central location, like a hospital. Similar to a wireless monitor, a networkable vital sign monitor transmits data to a central spot, but also enables several monitors to be tracked at the same time. Both the wireless monitor and the networkable monitor are good for ambulance services and transport programs. Additionally, they are rechargeable or can be powered by a vehicle.
A handheld vital signs monitor is the smallest of the devices. Because of its size, it’s ideal for nurses in a mobile clinic, for home use by a caregiver or EMTs. Slightly larger than a handheld, a portable monitor has the ability to monitor a full-range of vital signs while featuring the ability to easily transport it from place to place. Portable monitors may also have a defibrillator in order to revive a cardiac patient either at home or outside of a medical facility. Both handheld and portable monitors have rechargeable batteries, in addition to the feature of being powered by an ambulance.
Before purchasing a vital sign monitor, ensure the one you are reviewing has the features you need. Because of the options available, patients can be treated in both a facility and in the field. Once you have the monitor that accommodates your patient’s care giving, a patient can be more comfortable and given the appropriate care.


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