A new study has shown that TempTraq®, a wearable, Bluetooth continuous body temperature monitor, is in line with Pulmonary Artery Catheters (PAC) temperature measurement, the current gold standard for temperature comparison.
While the PAC is an invasive form of body temperature monitoring, the TempTraq is a tiny, non-invasive patch. When placed on the underarm skin, the patch continuously measures axillary body temperature for up to 72 hours.
The study was conducted at Cleveland Clinic on 60 patients in two Intensive Care Units (ICU). The researchers simultaneously took paired temperature measurements for both monitoring methods every two hours for an eight-hour period on all patients. Analysis showed that TempTraq measurements were in agreement with PAC temperature measurements (± 0.3 ° Celsius) and the accuracy of the two methods were not significantly different.
“The advantage of continuous temperature readings is that temperature trends can be monitored. If you can trend body temperature, there may be earlier detection of fever and an earlier initiation of therapy,” said lead author of the study Sandra Siedlecki, PhD, RN, CNS, Senior Nurse Scientist in Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Nursing Research and Innovation.
TempTraq Connect, which was not tested in the study is a secure, HIPAA-compliant service backed by the Google Healthcare Cloud Platform. Using TempTraq Connect, the device can be integrated directly into hospital central monitoring system and electronic health records (EHR) to safely and securely store patient data. It allows healthcare providers to view the temperature in their system as frequently as needed and receive real-time audible or visual temperature change alerts at the patient bedside and/or through the central nursing station.
The TempTraq scalable system, created by Blue Spark Technologies Inc., is scalable, which means it is able to support a single hospital or a multi-hospital/physician group healthcare system.
Results of the study were presented at the 2018 Society of Critical Care Medicine conference in San Antonio TX, and the abstract was published in Critical Care Medicine.
About Blue Spark Technologies, Inc.
Westlake, Ohio-based Blue Spark Technologies was founded as the leader in developing thin, flexible, printed battery solutions based on intellectual property licensed from Energizer®. Blue Spark Technologies’ latest innovation, TempTraq®, is the only Bluetooth®, wearable temperature monitor in the form of a soft, comfortable patch that continuously, safely and comfortably, monitors body temperature for up to 72 hours and sends alerts to Apple® or Android™ compatible mobile devices.