Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

More heart patients staying out of hospital thanks to telemonitoring

Date:
September 26, 2012
Source:
RCN Publishing Company
Summary:
The use of telemonitoring for cardiac patients is increasing – despite mixed evidence as to how effective it really is.

The use of telemonitoring for cardiac patients is increasing - despite mixed evidence as to how effective it really is.

Related Articles


Remotely monitoring patients' vital signs is a more popular practice in some parts of the UK than others and researchers have called for more studies on its efficacy. But advocates claim it has the potential to enhance patients' quality of life - and save money.

At least 750,000 people in the UK are thought to have heart failure (according to the British Heart Foundation) and their treatment accounts for around 2% of all healthcare costs in the UK.

Numbers are expected to rise, promoting more interest in the ability of telemonitoring to keep people out of hospital, improve clinical outcomes and promote more effective working by healthcare practitioners.

The system works by providing equipment to patients living at home with a diagnosis of heart failure. This usually includes weighing scales, a sphygmomanometer and a central telemonitoring device.

This reminds people to complete their recordings, collates data and asks a series of 'wellbeing' questions such as 'do you feel more breathless than usual today?' The information is sent to a central server. If any of the readings are out of the ordinary the system generates a 'red flag.' A repeat reading may be taken or the patient is contacted by phone.

The rationale is that early detection of any deterioration allows for timely intervention that can prevent hospital admission.

This Nursing Standard article describes how telemonitoring is being used in practice and explores the evidence base for its use.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by RCN Publishing Company. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Author Atkin P, Barrett D. Benefits of telemonitoring in the care of patients with heart failure. Nursing Standard, September 26 vol 27 no 4 2012

Cite This Page:

RCN Publishing Company. "More heart patients staying out of hospital thanks to telemonitoring." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 September 2012. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120926112714.htm>.
RCN Publishing Company. (2012, September 26). More heart patients staying out of hospital thanks to telemonitoring. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 25, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120926112714.htm
RCN Publishing Company. "More heart patients staying out of hospital thanks to telemonitoring." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120926112714.htm (accessed October 25, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Texas Nurse Nina Pham Cured of Ebola

Texas Nurse Nina Pham Cured of Ebola

AFP (Oct. 25, 2014) — An American nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient in Texas has been declared free of the virus and will leave the hospital. Duration: 01:01 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
IKEA Desk Converts From Standing to Sitting With One Button

IKEA Desk Converts From Standing to Sitting With One Button

Buzz60 (Oct. 24, 2014) — IKEA is out with a new convertible desk that can convert from a sitting desk to a standing one with just the push of a button. Jen Markham explains. Video provided by Buzz60
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Protective Suits Being Made in China

Ebola Protective Suits Being Made in China

AFP (Oct. 24, 2014) — A factory in China is busy making Ebola protective suits for healthcare workers and others fighting the spread of the virus. Duration: 00:38 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
WHO: Millions of Ebola Vaccine Doses by 2015

WHO: Millions of Ebola Vaccine Doses by 2015

AP (Oct. 24, 2014) — The World Health Organization said on Friday that millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines would start being tested in March. (Oct. 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins