St. Louis' Barnes-Jewish Hospital Studies Wireless Vital Sign Sensor

Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis is conducting a feasibility study of a clinical warning system that uses wireless sensors to track patients' vital signs, according to a news release.

The system will transmit blood oxygenation and heart-rate data to a base station, where it will combine with other data from the patient's electronic medical record. A machine-learning algorithm is designed to call a nurse on a cell phone when it detects signs of clinical deterioration so the nurse can check on the patient.

The hospital aims to create a virtual intensive care unit in which wireless systems allow patients to move around freely instead of being wired to machines. 

Read the release on wireless sensors.

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