Corona pandemic: current situation
With the corona crisis, hospitals are being confronted with scores of highly infectious patients. The majority are not treated in intensive care units, but are monitored by medical personnel who manually check body temperatures and other vitals on a regular basis. The issue is that each personal contact with one of these patients increases the risk of infection among the health care personnel.
Portable monitoring devices can reduce these frequent visits because they monitor vital functions such as body temperature, oxygen saturation and respiration rate and forward the values to a central information system via wireless communication technology. The result is comprehensive, noncontact patient monitoring, which lessens the burden on the medical staff and offers them better protection against infections so that they can continue to care for the high number of patients.
Before it can be used in health care environments and with people who are ill, the system must function reliably. That means it has to be robust against interference and be able to function flawlessly with multiple patients at the same time. Fraunhofer IKS, together with Airbus, is thus evaluating an ear sensor already tested in the field to ensure that the system is robust enough for hospital environments. The system will also be tested for scalability and to determine whether it operates reliably in larger spaces – in other words in parallel with many other sensors.