The Department of Anaesthesiology at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in Switzerland has incorporated the Masimo W1 advanced health tracking watch into its pre-surgical patient assessment research programme.

Led by CHUV anesthesiology head professor Patrick Schoettker, the initiative aims to provide anaesthesiologists and surgical teams with better insights into patients’ physiological status before surgery, with the goal of improving outcomes.

Masimo founder and CEO Joe Kiani said: “We are excited to deepen our relationship with anaesthesiologists at the CHUV and to help them leverage Masimo W1’s health tracking capabilities to help perioperative teams establish more insightful baseline physiological data about their patients.  

“The baseline data can then allow clinicians to know what is normal and abnormal for each patient they care for in the hospital.  

“Also, with Masimo W1, they can remotely monitor the patient post-surgery at home, when appropriate, and reduce how long the patient remains in the hospital.”

The Masimo W1 watch is claimed to provide accurate and continuous measurements of key physiological parameters, integrating with the Masimo SafetyNet remote patient management platform.

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Last year, CHUV launched a programme that focuses on leveraging innovative technologies to identify areas for health and behaviour improvements in individual patients.

Through the collection and analysis of demographic, vital signs, and behaviour optimisation data, the team aims to offer personalised management throughout the anaesthesia and surgical process.

As part of the programme, patients scheduled for elective surgery will receive Masimo W1 watches two weeks before their procedure to establish baseline vital signs data.

This information will be relayed to clinicians during the preoperative anaesthesia visit, allowing the perioperative team to develop a comprehensive physiological profile and make more informed care decisions.