Video-based patient monitoring & behavioral analysis - overview
In patient care, particularly in ICUs, monitoring patients on a 24-hour basis to detect signs of state deterioration or imminent complications is a critical and, in acute cases, a life-saving task.
Manual monitoring by specially trained and highly experienced ICU personnel complements devices such as EEGs that monitor vital signs in order to address issues such as false alarms, misdetections and overall patient state assessment.
Full-time bedside care is straining and cost-ineffective. Severe burnout syndrome is present in about 50% of critical-care physicians and in one third of critical-care nurses. ICU personnel rely on the alarm systems of the devices that monitor vital signs, but such devices tend to be weighted toward sensitivity rather than specificity, thus generating numerous false alarms. ICU personnel are trained to filter those alarms subconsciously, but they may inevitably miss critical alarms due to conflicting priorities or improper filtering.