I use pulse oximetry daily in my work as a critical care nurse. The way this "pulseox" unit is set up via BT to a bedside moniter would be usefull "if" the info could also be sent to a hospital information system (HIS) without having to tranfer the data manually from the bedside display. I would like to be able to capture the data on my PPC in the room and then I could move it via WIFI or sync.
I have been working with a programmer and we have created a WIFI nursing documentation system to use in hospitals. With the nursing shortage getting worse, any way to improve the workflow in the hospitals will help.
I look forward to seeing WIFI or BT enabled vital signs monitors, glucometers ( to measure blood sugar ) etc. Also barcoding enabled for med administration. Use the PPC for as many functions to make it as valuable to a nurse as a stethascope 8). As for the low range of BT, 30 feet will work in most patient rooms as a piconet.
Ken Stigen RN