Instant Floor Overview

The floor-plan map shows the entire floor’s status at-a-glance. If anything should happen, you'll immediately know what is wrong, where it is occurring, and how serious it is. A room's color indicates what is happening, with a flashing color signifying a more serious problem than a solid one. Rooms are usually either gray (when the room isn't being monitored), or green (when all monitored signs are safe). During alarms, rooms will turn yellow for warnings, or red for critical problems. Purple is used to show off-line conditions for a room that is supposed to be monitored.

With such an intuitive, immediate display, emergencies are detected and remedied in a fraction of the time it currently takes.

  1. The Alarms-In-Progress window lists every active emergency and warning, showing the room number and the time it occurred. The list is also prioritized, ordering items first by alarm severity, and second by alarm time. The title for the Alarms-In-Progress list is flashing red, signifying that there is currently a critical emergency somewhere on the floor. When everything happens at once, this ensures that no one will be forgotten.

  2. The patient in room 209 is experiencing a critical respiration problem, so her room has changed from green to flashing red. Rooms 208 and 210 are yellow, signifying their patients' vital signs have reached warning levels. Room 205 is flashing purple, warning that the patient is supposed to be monitored, but has gone off-line.

  3. Moving the mouse (or your finger on a touch-screen) over any room will immediately display current vital sign readings, patient name, and primary ailment.

  4. To zoom in on a particular patient, just click or touch the appropriate room on the floor plan map. The system will then give you a full report (see next page).

  5. (not shown) When an alarm occurs, a pop-up window will appear on screen to describe the situation, showing the alarm severity, room number, time, date, and problem. In this picture, it gives the details for the patient in room 221.
    At the same time, alarms will sound at both the central monitoring station, and in the patient's room, to notify you of the situation.
    Using an alpha-numeric pager, the system will also notify the appropriate doctor or nurse with a two line message describing the alarm.

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By J. Michael Crawford.
Copyright (c) 2002 Solo Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Revised: March 20, 2002.