6 Managing Patients
Clear any previous patient data by selecting the Dischrge Patient or End Case pop-up
key and then Confirm.
If you do not discharge the previous patient, you will not be able to distinguish data from the
previous and current patients, for example, in the trend database.
Select Admit Patient.
Enter the patient information: select each field and use the on-screen keyboard or choose from the
pop-up list of alternatives to input information.
– Last Name: Enter the patient's last name (family name), for example Smith.
– First Name: Enter the patient's first name, for example Joseph.
– Middle Name (if configured to appear): Enter the patient's middle name.
– Lifetime Id, Encounter Id: Whether these fields appear and how they are labelled can
be configured for your hospital. One or both fields may be displayed and the labels may read:
MRN, Case Id, Visit Id, etc. Enter the appropriate data for the fields displayed.
– Patient Cat: Choose the patient category, either Adult, Pediatric, or Neonatal.
– Paced: Choose Yes or No (You must use "Yes" if your patient has a pacemaker).
– Height: Enter the patient's height.
– Weight: Enter the patient's weight.
– BSA: The monitor calculates the body surface area automatically.
– Date Of Birth: Enter the patient's date of birth. Enter this in the form dd/mm/yyyy.
– Age: The monitor calculates the patient age automatically.
– Gender: Choose Male or Female.
– Notes: Enter any extra information about the patient or treatment.
Select Confirm. The patient status changes to admitted.
Patient Category and Paced Status
The patient category setting determines the algorithm the monitor uses to process and calculate some
measurements, the safety limits that apply for some measurements, and the alarm limit ranges.
The paced setting determines whether the monitor shows pacemaker pulses or not. When Paced is
set to No, pace pulses are filtered and therefore do not show in the ECG wave.
Patient Category and Paced status will always contain a value, regardless of whether the
patient is fully admitted or not. If you do not specify settings for these fields, the monitor uses the
default settings from the current profile, which might not be correct for your patient.
Patient category Changing the patient category may change the arrhythmia and NBP alarm limits.
Always check alarm limits to make sure that they are appropriate for your patient.
Paced status For paced patients, you must set Paced to Yes. If it is incorrectly set to No, the
monitor could mistake a pace pulse for a QRS and fail to alarm during asystole.
Admitting a Centrally-Monitored Patient
You can admit a patient at either the bedside or the Information Center. When you admit a patient,
the patient's name appears on the bedside monitor and the Information Center.
Admitting a Patient