Patient monitoring refers to observing, tracking, and analyzing a patient's health and relying that information to and between healthcare providers. In real-time, monitoring devices can detect deviations from baseline health parameters and notify healthcare providers when intervention may be necessary. On an ongoing basis, data from these devices helps medical professionals analyze patterns and detect early signs of deterioration or other developments. Medical monitoring is primarily used in clinical settings, including intensive care units, operating rooms, and post-anesthesia care units. However, recent innovations enable remote patient monitoring, allowing patients to remain at home or in other non-clinical settings while staying connected to healthcare providers. Remote patient monitoring devices, remote patient monitoring systems, and health monitoring devices have the potential to support doctors and hospitals while optimizing the health care system.
By 2050, worldwide, the number of people who will be age 60 or older is expected to double to 2 billion. During the same period, the number of persons aged 80 and older is predicted to triple to about 430 million. This demographic shift is already creating higher demand for a wide range of health monitoring, medical equipment and patient monitoring services.
The growing number of chronically-ill patients in Western society will further increase the need for medical technology in the coming decades. Remote patient monitoring will be a significant factor in supporting doctors and hospitals in taking care of an increased number of patients. An alarming 70% of deaths worldwide are caused by noncommunicable diseases such as heart failure, diabetes, and cancer. Because these are chronic conditions, patients and healthcare providers regularly monitor changes in indicators such as glucose levels and blood pressure.
Patient monitoring devices must meet extensive regulatory requirements to be approved for medical use. These include:
- Accuracy: Equipment must be precise enough to detect even minute changes in a patient’s condition.
- Reliability: A failure of function or connectivity can adversely impact patient care, making durability a crucial requirement for every component of a device.
- Connectivity: Connecting to electronic health records (EHRs) and other medical devices can help streamline patient monitoring and improve patient outcomes.
- Ease of use: Healthcare equipment should be easy to use, with intuitive controls and minimal setup required so a person without medical training can operate a device if needed.
- Portability: Portable monitoring equipment is useful for monitoring patients in different settings, including hospitals, clinics, and homes, as well as in emergency vehicles.
- Alarms and alerts: Patient monitoring equipment can be programmed to alert healthcare providers to relevant changes in a patient's condition.
- Data analysis: Patient data should provide healthcare providers with insights that support treatment decisions
- Security: Wireless networks used in patient monitoring applications require the highest levels of security to protect patient data and privacy.
Medical-grade connectors in patient monitoring devices need to be reliable and robust, capable of withstanding frequent use, repeated connections, and disconnections without compromising signal integrity. They should also be resistant to environmental factors like dust, moisture, and physical stress to ensure consistent and accurate data transmission.
Regarding durability, medical-grade connectors should be able to withstand the demands of healthcare settings. They should be resistant to wear and tear, chemical exposure, and frequent cleaning and high-temperature disinfection procedures, ensuring a long lifespan and reducing the need for frequent replacements. At the same time, medical-grade connectors must be easy to use. They should be designed for intuitive connection, disconnection, and handling. Features like ergonomic grip, tactile feedback, and clear markings or indicators help healthcare professionals to quickly and correctly connect the devices, reducing the risk of errors or delays.
These considerations are essential to ensuring seamless and reliable data transmission, patient safety, and interoperability with existing medical equipment.
The Bayonet NCC (Not Connected Close) Series 770 is another binder-specific medical-grade connector that rounds out our portfolio. The NCC entails a bayonet locking mechanism with IP67-level protection when mated. (A flanged version offers IP67 protection even when unmated.) binder 770 series connectors have eight gold-plated contacts with a rated current of 2 A each. Users can expect more than 5000 mating cycles.
Additional features of NCC Series 770 include:
- Pin count: 8
- Gender: male, female
- Version: straight, angled
- Medical design: DEHP-free, grey-white (similar to RAL 9002; other colors can be ordered)
- Termination style: solder, molded on cable
- Field attachable and panel mount available
- Housing material: plastic (PA66)
- Contact plating material: Au (gold)
- Degree of protection: IP67
- Rated current: 2A at 150V
- Cable length: 2m
- Cable types include PUR, PVC
- Biocompatibility (ISO 10993)
In case you have special requests deviating from standard catalog items, binder can develop customer-specific solutions according to your needs.