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San Diego, CA, United States

The invention provides a body-worn monitor that measures a patients vital signs (e.g. blood pressure, SpO2, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature) while simultaneously characterizing their activity state (e.g. resting, walking, convulsing, falling). The body-worn monitor processes this information to minimize corruption of the vital signs by motion-related artifacts. A software framework generates alarms/alerts based on threshold values that are either preset or determined in real time. The framework additionally includes a series of heuristic rules that take the patients activity state and motion into account, and process the vital signs accordingly. These rules, for example, indicate that a walking patient is likely breathing and has a regular heart rate, even if their motion-corrupted vital signs suggest otherwise.

The invention provides a system and method for measuring vital signs and motion from a patient. The system features: (i) first and second sensors configured to independently generate time-dependent waveforms indicative of one or more contractile properties of the patients heart; and (ii) at least three motion-detecting sensors positioned on the forearm, upper arm, and a body location other than the forearm or upper arm of the patient. Each motion-detecting sensor generates at least one time-dependent motion waveform indicative of motion of the location on the patients body to which it is affixed. A processing component, typically worn on the patients body and featuring a microprocessor, receives the time-dependent waveforms generated by the different sensors and processes them to determine: (i) a pulse transit time calculated using a time difference between features in two separate time-dependent waveforms, (ii) a blood pressure value calculated from the time difference, and (iii) a motion parameter calculated from at least one motion waveform.

The invention provides devices and methods for sterilization/disinfection control of medical devices. In particular, a system is provided which comprises (i) an enclosure which is configured to deliver UV light for purposes of sterilization and/or disinfection; and (ii) one or more medical devices. The enclosure and medical device(s) are configured to communicate such that the system recognizes the identity of the medical device, recognizes that sterilization/disinfection has occurred, and electronically stores data related to the sterilization/disinfection of the medical device(s) within the enclosure. This data storage can occur on the medical device(s) themselves, or on a remote computer.

The invention provides a monitor for measuring blood pressure and other vital signs from a patient without using a cuff. The invention provides a hand-held device for measuring vital signs (e.g. blood pressure) from a patient that features: i) a housing that encloses a first sensor, that includes a first electrode and a first optical system configured to generate a first optical signal; ii) a second sensor that includes a second electrode and a second optical system configured to generate a second optical signal; iii) an amplifier system, in electrical contact with the first and second electrodes, configured to processes electrical signals from the first and second electrodes to generate an electrical waveform; and iv) a microprocessor, in electrical communication with the amplifier system, first optical system, and second optical system, the microprocessor configured to process the electrical waveform and first and second optical signals with an algorithm to determine at least one of the patients vital signs.

Sotera Wireless | Date: 2014-05-31

The invention provides a multi-sensor system that uses an algorithm based on adaptive filtering to monitor a patients respiratory rate. The system features an impedance pneumography sensor and a motion sensor (e.g., an accelerometer) configured to attach to the patients torso and measure therefrom a motion signal. The system further comprises a processing system, configured to operably connect to the impedance pneumography sensor and motion sensor, and to determine a respiration rate value by applying filter parameters obtained from the impedance pneumography sensor signals to the motion sensor signals.

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