Computer-based monitoring of cardiovascular functions in postoperative patients
INDUSTRIAL application of computers to complex control problems has led to speculation among the members of the medical profession regarding the possibility of computers monitoring acutely ill patients. A system directed toward this ultimate end has been in operation in the Latter-day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, since March, 1966. To date, 215 patients have been monitored with this system. Many of these patients developed complications which were detected by the computer system earlier than would have been the case by the usual methods of monitoring. Decisions regarding change of therapy were often made as a result of information gathered through the monitoring system. The system, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, has now established itself as an integral part of the postoperative care of open-heart surgery patients in this hospital and is well received by the patient, nurse, and physician alike. The purpose of this paper is to describe the goals of this project, techniques currently being used to achieve these goals, and experience with the system to date.
American Heart Association
Warner, H.R., Gardner, R. M., & Toronto, A. F. (1968). Computer-based monitoring of cardiovascular functions in postoperative patients. Circulation, 37, 68-74.