Clinical tools for the neonatal/pediatric environment

Patients and families rely on you at their most vulnerable times. Care for them with confidence and peace of mind, knowing that Spacelabs is providing critical notifications and information designed to enable better patient care. Spacelabs helps to facilitate greater clinical efficiencies by providing tools to assist in clinical decision making and decreasing alarm fatigue, while also standardizing workflows.

Managing the A, B, and Cs

Continuously monitoring and trending the ventilation and oxygenation status of neonatal and pediatric patients can be challenging. Spacelabs clinical tools for the pediatric environment enable awareness and assist in decision making related to the care of this unique patient population.

  • Varitrend® is the Spacelabs’ oxycardiorespirogram, providing real-time, color-coded trending of user defined events for up to four of the following parameters: ECG, RESP, SpO2 and dual SpO2, EtCO2, TcpCO2, and TcpO2. Provide better care by properly identifying the underlying cause.
  • Deliver goal-directed care by customizing both graphical and tabular trends by patient type or provider at the bedside, or from any workstation in the network.
  • Spacelabs enables dual SpO2 monitoring, utilizing your preferred SpO2 technology: Spacelabs, Masimo, or Nellcor (Covidien).
  • Collaboration is key in the neonate/pediatric critical care environments. Utilize 3-for-1 Smart Disclosure, which includes remote collaboration to allow neonatologists and pediatric specialists the opportunity to work together for improved patient outcomes.
  • Waveforms are available for remote consultation and additional oversight from physician offices and sleeping rooms.
  • Retrospective waveform information, alarms related to Apnea, Bradycardia, Desaturations, and any other monitored parameter.

Create a quieter, safer environment

Alarm Management in a developmental environment can be challenging, especially considering that 85-99% of alarms are not clinically relevant.* Awareness of patient status and assurance of actionable alerts are essential in the NICU/PICU. Utilize Spacelabs tools to quickly determine patient status, assist with clinical decision making and effectively manage alarms, all while maintaining a quieter environment.

  • Foster a quieter environment by relying more on visuals instead of audible tones. The built-in alarm lights on Qube, Qube Mini, and Xprezzon monitors flash different colors depending on alarm priority. Combine this feature with remote nurse alert, an additional standalone light that can be placed above a warmer or outside a private room, to further enhance the visuals related to alarms while decreasing noise and alarm fatigue.
  • Assurance Alarm Management tools assist in ensuring that clinicians don’t miss a clinically significant event by providing features like the Alarm History Bar and escalating alarms for certain parameters.  For more alarm management tools, see Secondary Alarm Notification.
  • Escalating alarm tones are available for ECG, SpO2, and Invasive Pressure monitoring. The desat alarm provides an additional notification for those patients who continue to deteriorate beyond the initial low SpO2 alarm.
  • While the bedside monitors and Central Stations are primary alarming devices, the Enterprise Network Interface (ENI) allows data distribution of retrospective alarms to third party devices such as smart phones and Vocera. Know what’s going on with your patients, even when you are not at the bedside.
  • Patient Type allows you to quickly and simply choose default settings for your patients with up to 4 different pediatric options to choose from.

Never miss a beat, even in transport

The moment a patient is connected to the monitor, an electronic chart is created for that patient with vital signs and waveforms automatically transferred. Upon admission to the monitor, the patient demographics are now linked to that information, creating a seamless record. A standardized workflow now also includes the effective management of patient and data flow.

  • With Spacelabs SafeNSound™, caregivers can utilize a barcode scanner on any monitor to automatically admit a patient to the monitor, simultaneously discharging them from the previous monitor. For more ADT barcode scanner tools, see Secondary Alarm Notification.
  • Once information is gathered and reviewed, print to any networked printer, or print to the EMR.
  • Utilize Qube Mini or the Qube Drive bundle and simply undock the wireless monitor to transport patients with the same high acuity data available at the bedside.
  • Qube Drive and Qube Mini feature long battery life to go the distance.
  • As Qube and Qube Mini are wireless, vitals are automatically sent to the EMR.
  • After transport, use Data Shuttle to electronically transfer all of the patients’ demographics and monitoring data from the transport monitor to the bedside monitor, simplifying the ADT process while providing a continuous patient record.

Some products are not available for sale in all countries. Please contact your local Spacelabs Healthcare representative or regional office for more information.

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* TJC Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 50, April 8, 2013