Body temperature is an important vital sign that could signal critical changes in the body. Fever, or an increase in the body’s temperature, can happen due to a “physiological process brought about by infectious causes or non-infections causes such as inflammation, malignancy, or autoimmune processes” (Swetha et al., 2022). Closely observing this vital sign is even more important for positive outcomes in seriously ill patients. As it can be caused by both infection and non-infective pathology, fever may have detrimental effects in critically ill patients (Moritoki et al., 2018).
Traditional thermometers of physical cooling methods are neither appropriate for continuous vital sign monitoring nor practical for clinical conditions. With the technology development, many non-invasive methods in the form of small body wearables are becoming increasingly available. Such wearables that help detect fever have proven to be particularly useful for high-risk patients such as oncology patients, patients in critical-care units, patients being monitored for sepsis etc.
Cassia Networks has proudly partnered with multiple medical device manufacturers to work on integrated real-time vital sign monitoring solutions. Cassia’s Bluetooth gateways provide continuous collection of data from sensors, (in a form of wearables placed on a patient’s body), which is then sent to a server. This data is later integrated with electronic health records, central clinical stations, patient bedside monitors, and mobile devices.
The Solution Benefits
There are multiple benefits of this integrated solution. Clinical results have shown that this approach allows for continuous monitoring, yields more accurate results, and is convenient (it is wireless, non-invasive, and fully integrated). Most importantly, timely data collection of changes in body temperature has been proven to reduce the length of recovery and hospital re-admissions.
Moritoki Egi, Shohei Makino, Satoshi Mizobuchi. 2018. “Management of Fever in Critically Ill Patients with Infection.” Journal of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Accessed https://jeccm.amegroups.org/article/view/4073/html
Swetha Balli, Karlie R. Shumway, Shweta Sharan. 2023. “Physiology, Fever.” National Library of Medicine Accessed https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32966005/