This section describes a methodology for designing a Philips Patient Care Network for a
specific clinical environment. It includes the capabilities of the Clinical Network components,
and rules that govern Patient Care Network design.
Designing a Patient Care Network requires a full understanding of the monitoring
requirements of the clinical unit(s) it will serve. There are several key elements that optimize
The first issue to consider is the number of clinical units and beds to be served by the Patient
Units and Beds
Care Network and their location. The number of beds determines the number of patient
monitors and Information Centers required to monitor patients. The number of clinical units
and their locations determines how the Information Centers should be networked to provide
efficient and convenient access to patient monitoring data.
Another consideration is the type of patient monitor that will be used -- SDN/PCC (hardwired
and/or telemetry), Clinical Network connected monitors (M3/M4 (wired and/or wireless),
IntelliVue Patient Monitors), or both types. For installations of acute patient care, where
patients remain in their beds, hardwired bedside monitors, either SDN/PCC or Network
connected, are generally required. For less acute care installations, in which patients are
ambulatory, SDN/PCC telemetry monitors are generally required. For installation in which
patients may change from bed restricted to ambulatory, both hardwired and telemetry monitors
should be available. And for installations where patient monitors may be frequently moved
from bed to bed, wireless monitors, may be preferred. The software can accommodate all of
these types of installations, providing continuous collection of monitoring data as patients
change beds or from bed restricted to ambulatory.
Locations where central patient monitoring will take place. These will generally be in clinical
units where patient beds are located.
Locations where review of patient data is required. While the Patient Care Network provides
extensive access to patient monitoring data, both within and across clinical units and at multiple
distant locations, there are limitations on the length of cable runs for each network
interconnection. Cable length limitations must be carefully reviewed in selecting patient data
number of clinical units and beds to be simultaneously monitored
level of patient monitoring required by each unit
types of patient monitors to be used -- Clinical Network connected (IntelliVue Patient
Monitors, M3/M4), SDN/PCC connected (hardwired and/or telemetry) or both types.
locations of clinical units, central monitoring stations, and review stations
type of patient data access required at each location (real-time or stored -- read, write,
possible future capability or expansion