Patient Monitoring in Pre-Hospital Conditions with the Athena GTX WVSM

Apr 3rd 2024

Emergencies rarely occur in convenient locations and the Athena GTX Wireless Vital Signs Monitor is designed to work when and where it's needed. Unlike traditional patient monitors, the WVSM is designed to be worn by the patient, with an ultra-compact design that features rugged construction that can withstand remote and dangerous conditions. The Athena GTX WVSM provides essential patient monitoring in a focused, cost-effective, and mobile package. 

Athena GTX Wireless Vital Signs Monitor

The WVSM offers on-unit monitoring of SpO2, HR, NIBP, and ECG. The addition of the miniCap Masimo Sidestream is optional, but adds extra functionality with capnography monitoring, which has become a part of protocol for many patient scenarios. Because the unit can be worn by the patient, the WVSM can provide monitoring from the initial response location, while being transferred to the ambulance, and then during the full transport. The unit offers up to seven hours of battery life and provides wireless connection up to 200 yards. The device can also be connected via Bluetooth or via an Access Point.

The heart of the WVSM is the Athena Device Management Suite, the ADMS software represents a breakthrough for multi-patient monitoring with multi-device compatibility and is FDA-cleared. Hosted natively on the WVSM, this software offers the ability to connect up to twenty patients and monitors in active use for display in a centralized device structure, which can then be accessed by multiple users via iOS or Android devices, as well as via PC. This allows for the patient's status to be monitored in route to the hospital, for extended extractions, or via a subject matter expert for more complicated cases. The ADMS uses industry standard operability methods and is fully compliant with HIPAA guidelines and FCC regulations with full encryption of critical patient health information and data. An additional HL-7 patch is also available if required to ease electronic health record compatibility.

Athena GTX Masimo miniCap Sidestream Kit

The patient's vital signs are displayed through a color-coded system, allowing first responders to verify status at a glance. Standard and normal patient data ranges are displayed in green, lower priority variances are displayed in yellow, while high priority ranges are displayed in red with an accompanying alarm system. These parameters can also be adjusted by the end user. In the event of multiple patients being displayed on the central monitoring system, the system is also designed to assist in triage by moving higher priority codes to the top of the display screen for quick recognition. Also valuable is the ability to view the patient's vital stat trends over time. The unit automatically records and transmits up to four and a half hours of the patient's data, which can additionally be transferred to the end care system.

Mass casualty events are something that no healthcare team wants to occur, yet every team must be ready to address. Whether its a multi-car accident, a natural disaster, or other incident caring for many patients at once time is a scenario that units should be prepared to address and the Athena GTX is the ideal monitoring system to put in use in these cases. The ability to connect multiple units for centralized monitoring, the portability of the device, and it's cost effective price point are key features in the WVSM's favor for these types of scenarios. For those teams that wish to prioritize access, or those whom are interested in creating dedicated units, the Athena GTX WVSM SurgeCase makes an ideal starting point. The SurgeCase holds up to 10 WVSMs and all relevant consumables, plus can optionally display an iPad mini. The case features individual padded pockets for the monitors and their accessories with USB ports for charging the units and tablet; a single power cord charges the full case ensuring that all units are ready to go when needed. An integrated fan system operates autonomously to maintain a safe operating environment. This is mounted in a weather-ready, rugged hard case with wheels and a telescoping handle for easy access wherever it's needed.

Athena GTX Wireless Vital Signs Monitor - SurgeCase

The Athena GTX WVSM is an asset to any first response medical team; its rugged design paired with its portability and cost-effective setup is ideal for use in the pre-hospital environment. The design allows for basic monitoring in a wide range of scenarios with the capability to provide flexibility depending on the needs of the patient and the emergency. The ability to view and monitor the patient, or multiple patients at one time can also not be overlooked, particularly with the ability to provide necessary data to the final care team to enable the best patient care outcomes.