Definition : Monitors designed primarily for continuous or quasi-continuous real-time measuring and display of numerical data and/or waveforms of the conditions and elements that made of the surroundings (environment) and to which individual may be exposed in the health care facilities. These monitors are intended to assess natural conditions (e.g., temperature, humidity, pressure), concentrations of natural gases (e.g., oxygen, nitrogen), hazardous substances (e.g., toxic gases, chemical and biological agents), and/or other physical conditions in the environment (e.g., ionizing radiation, high particle concentration). These devices usually consist of a tabletop electronic unit that includes a display showing the characteristics of the event under observation; the monitor may be connected to the line and/or powered by internal batteries. The main unit may also include appropriate attached probes and sensors that make possible sequential and/or simultaneous measurements of the parameters. The monitors may also record the parameters of the event and alarm when one or more of the parameters under observation reach a value outside from a pre-established range. Most environmental monitors used in healthcare are intended to measure the conditions in closed environments, dedicated monitors are available for use in particular areas of healthcare facilities such as clinical laboratories, sterilization rooms, and surgical areas.
Entry Terms : "Environmental Monitors"
UMDC code : 20188