Continuous monitoring reduces need for rapid response, improves outcomes

Patients enter hospitals with multiple comorbidities and acute-on-chronic conditions. Late detection of deterioration in these patients can increase length of stay in the intensive care unit and result in poor outcomes. In a study appearing in the American Journal of Nursing, a nurse-led continuous monitoring system using continuous vital sign monitoring technology proved effective at recognizing patient deterioration in 97% of cases studied. Other results included a 53% decrease in rapid response activation, a reduction in LOS in the ICU and a positive response from nurses using the device—with 74% reporting it enhanced decision-making.