Welch Allyn Vitals Technology Gauges the 'Health of Medica'


Data captured by Welch Allyn connected devices at the Medica International Healthcare Trade Fair shows the utility of Welch Allyn Vitals technology

Skaneateles Falls, NY, USA, January 8, 2013— Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that specializes in helping clinicians improve patient outcomes, today shared the results for its informal assessment of the 'Health of Medica.' Using its newest generation of digital connected devices, the company captured the vital signs of several hundred attendees who visited the Welch Allyn booth, automatically documenting the data using the company's Connex™ Vitals Management software to store the results.

"We thought it would be interesting to informally capture the basic vital signs of Medica attendees to indicate whether those people who work in the healthcare field are indeed 'healthier' than the average person and build awareness of the importance of knowing one's own vital signs," said Pascal Gand, vice president, Europe and Middle East, South and East Region and Channel Marketing at Welch Allyn.

Upon aggregating the data collected, Welch Allyn found that the Medica attendees measured had an average blood pressure of 133.7/83.6—which would qualify as prehypertensive according to the European Society of Hypertension (a systolic blood pressure measurement between 120 and 139 and/or a diastolic measurement between 80 and 89). The Welch Allyn informal data gathering also found that approximately 31 percent of Medica attendees were recorded as having hypertensive blood pressure (a systolic pressure of 140 and above and/or diastolic measurement of 90 and above), slightly below the average of one in three adults worldwide who are reported to have hypertension, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Other average readings for attendees included an average mean arterial pressure (MAP) of 100.4, an average pulse rate of 75 beats per minute, and an average Sp02 (oxygen saturation) level of 97.2 percent.

"Collecting, capturing and documenting vitals at such a rapid pace at Medica was a true test for the Welch Allyn Connex® Electronic Vitals Documentation System," Gand said. "We were able to efficiently collect attendees vital signs and manage that data in one central location without the fear of transposing numbers or having measurements written on pieces of paper getting lost. In fact, U.S. studies show that in a typical 200-bed hospital, more than 10,000 vital signs documentation errors potentially occur every year. This inefficiency compromises clinical decision-making and puts patient safety and facilities at risk. Our systems help mitigate this risk."

The Welch Allyn Connex® Electronic Vitals Documentation (EVD) System is an all-in-one solution that enables improvements in patient safety and clinical decision making and helps to reduce risk for facilities. The system provides clinicians in general care settings with immediate access to accurate vital signs anytime, anywhere. Included in the Connex EVD System is the Welch Allyn Connex® Vital Signs Monitor (VSM), a full-color, touch-screen device that acts as three devices in one—providing comprehensive patient documentation on a single display. This documentation includes automatic measurements such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and pulse oximetry. It can also capture manual parameters such as respiration, height, weight and pain level and modifiers such as body position, O2 therapy details and others.

About Welch Allyn
Welch Allyn is a leading global healthcare company that offers a complete range of digital and connected diagnostic solutions that help reduce risk and enhance workflow in a variety of clinical settings. Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. (USA), Welch Allyn is a family-owned business that employs nearly 2,700 employees in 26 different countries. The company specializes in helping doctors, nurses and other frontline practitioners across the globe enhance care by developing innovative products, breakthrough technologies and cutting-edge solutions that improve patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction. More information about Welch Allyn and its complete line of connected products and solutions may be found at www.welchallyn.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.