Nihon Kohden, a medical instrumentation solutions company based in Irvine, Calif, recently introduced its BMS-1700 transport monitor to address the safety challenges of transporting at-risk patients between points of care in the hospital setting. The device is particularly suitable for transporting post-anesthesia patients from the operating room to other points of care.

The BMS-1700 is intended to be lightweight yet capable of capturing a comprehensive set of physiologic parameters. Nihon Kohden reports that studies have shown an increased risk to patient safety during intrahospital transport, especially among critically ill patients. According to the guidelines established by the American College of Critical Care Medicine, careful planning, qualified staff, and use of the right equipment are key to managing this risk.

The BSM-1700 can track key parameters, such as electrocardiography, respiration, blood oxygen, noninvasive and invasive blood pressure, temperature, cardiac output, and bispectral index in it base configuration. Of particular note for post-anesthesia patients is the monitor’s ability to track end-tidal CO2, a critical measure of ventilation status, during transit from the operating room to the post-anesthesia care unit or critical care unit.

The BSM-1700 is designed to work as a transport monitor, stand-alone monitor, or input unit for Nihon Kohden’s BSM-6000 or BSM-9000 bedside monitors. With 5 hours of standard battery life and no additional peripheral devices or cables required, it is intended to give healthcare providers a flexible, easy-to-use solution that ensures seamless transfer of data from admission to discharge, and one standard of care throughout the patient stay.

For more information about the company’s new transport monitor, visit the Nihon Kohden website.