Master electronic systems for monitoring the condition of patients in surgery and recovery are being established on a research basis at 5 veterans administration hospitals. Basically, adaptations of space medicine instrumentation already proved practical in checking on animal passengers in rocket nose cones. The surgical monitors will keep watch over cardiac and cerebral activity, pulse rate, respiration rate, temperature, blood pressure, and other body conditions to give doctors early warning of any threatening changes and to make the more complex surgical procedures safer for patients. Electronic surgical monitoring systems have been established at the Pittsburgh and Boston VA hospitals. The Durham, N.C., and Coral Gables, Fla., VA hospitals are planning to install such monitors. At the Chicago VA Research Hospital, Dr. John Lundy, chief of anesthesiology, is working for further refinement of specialized electronic recording and monitoring techniques.
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
Dr. Vincent E. Price