Welch Allyn has announced it is developing solutions to help clinical staff on medical surgical floors monitor and identify early warning signs of patient safety risk and deterioration. Scheduled for release in the United States in early 2014, the new solutions are part of the company’s Med/Surg Optimization Strategy that will bring proactive, cost-effective care to previously unmonitored beds. Access to early warning signs of patient deterioration can alert clinicians to the risk of the most common adverse events that occur in hospitals, including respiratory failure, cardiopulmonary arrest, code blue events, falls and pressure ulcers.

In addition to increased lengths of stay, these events can result in poor patient satisfaction, strain the already overtasked clinical staff and increase facility costs. In fact, according to CPM’s HealthGrades, post-operative respiratory failure accounts for nearly $2 billion in excess costs, and has the third highest mortality rate of Patient Safety Indicators.