What is a Bedside Monitor in Intensive Care?
The ICU monitor, which looks like a television or computer screen, displays some of the body’s major functions by continuous waveforms or numbers. Some of the most commonly monitored functions are heart rate and rhythm (ECG), blood pressure, body temperature, breathing rate and oxygen saturation (an indication of the amount of oxygen in the blood).
How Does It Work?
The patient has different types of sensing devices attached to their body, (e.g. ECG dots or oxygen saturation probe ) which are connected to the monitor by wires (called leads). The sensing devices send electronic signals through the leads to the monitor, which then displays the signals. The monitor has alarms, which can signal to the staff if a body function needs attention, however sometimes patient movement alone can cause the alarms to go off. All patients admitted to the ICU are connected to a bedside monitor during their stay. Being attached to the bedside monitor does not hurt the patient.
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with the ICU nurses and doctors.
All Intensive Care interventions and procedures carry a degree of potential risk even when performed by skilled and experienced staff. Please discuss these issues with the medical and nursing staff who are caring for your loved one.
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