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1. to check constantly on a given condition or phenomenon, e.g., blood pressure or heart or respiration rate.
2. an apparatus by which such conditions or phenomena can be constantly observed and recorded.
ambulatory ECG monitor a portable continuous electrocardiograph recorder, typically monitoring two channels for 24 hours; it is used to detect the frequency and duration of cardiac rhythm disturbances and to assess pacemaker programming. The term is sometimes used synonymously with Holter monitor.
apnea monitor a device with alarms, used to detect cessation of breathing, most commonly used in neonates and infants who have demonstrated apnea or who may be at risk for developing apnea. These monitors can be used in the hospital or in the patient's home.
Holter monitor a type of ambulatory ECG monitor.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

apnea monitor

Pediatrics An impedance-type device that monitors both the respiratory and heart rate of an infant, and sounds an alarm alerting care-givers of a possible need to perform CPR in the event of either apnea or a marked ↑ or ↓ in heart rate. See Central sleep apnea, SIDS.
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ap·nea mon·i·tor

(apnē-ă moni-tŏr)
A portable machine used by patients with apnea to monitor breathing in at-risk situations; typically used at night.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


(mon'it-or) [L. monitor, adviser]
1. One who observes a condition, procedure, or apparatus, esp. one responsible for detecting and preventing malfunction.
2. A device that provides a warning signal when another device fails or malfunctions or when a measurement threshold is reached.
3. To check by using an electronic device.

apnea monitor

See: apnea monitoring

Beck airway airflow monitor

Abbreviation: BAAM
See: Beck airway airflow monitor

blood glucose monitor


blood pressure monitor

A device that automatically obtains and usually records the blood pressure at certain intervals, using the direct or indirect method of determining pressure. In some models, an alarm or light signal is activated if the pressure rises or falls to an abnormal level.

cardiac monitor

A visual and/or audible recording of each electrical impulse or physical contraction of the heart.

continuous ambulatory electrocardiographic monitor

Holter monitor

event monitor

Loop recorder.

fetal monitor

1. A monitor that detects and displays fetal heartbeat.
2. Assessment of fetus in utero with respect to its heart rate by use of electrocardiogram or by chemical analysis of the amniotic fluid or fetal blood. See: fetal heart rate monitoring; fetal monitoring in utero

glucose monitor


Holter monitor

See: Holter monitor

impedance monitor

A device used to detect variations in respiratory rate and volume. It measures changes in the electrical impedance of the chest as the patient breathes. It may be used in intensive care units to monitor critically ill patients or in private residences to detect apnea, esp. in sleeping infants.
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peak flow monitor

A handheld device used to assess the maximum expiratory flow (in liters/minute) in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease.
See: illustration

personal radiation monitor

A small device worn or carried by a person to measure the accumulated radiation dosage over a period of time.
See: dosimeter

respiratory monitor

Respiratory function monitoring

temperature monitor

A monitor for measuring and recording temperature of the body or some particular portion of the body.

unit monitor

In radiation therapy, a calibrated unit of dose that determines the length of the treatment.

uterine activity monitor

An electronic sensor applied to or worn around the abdomen to note and record uterine contractions and fetal heart tones.

Patient care

Such sensors are sometimes used by patients at home, particularly if they have a history of preterm delivery. If home monitoring is used, patients are taught to apply the monitor daily and transmit the data by telephone to a health care professional for analysis. After analyzing the data, a telephone assessment for symptoms and signs of preterm labor is conducted, with necessary advice given to the patient.

vaccine vial monitor

A heat-sensitive indicator on the outside of a vaccine bottle that changes color when the vaccine has been exposed to excessively high temperatures, making it unsafe for patient use.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Once in the community, apnea monitor readings are typically sent to the physician, usually a neonatologist trained in interpreting the readings, who orders the apnea monitor.
Parents who use home apnea monitoring for their infants have been shown to have higher stress scores, greater levels of fatigue, and poorer health than parents of infants without home apnea monitors. (4-8)
This feature has made apnea monitors more reliable and safer to use along with the ability to provide information to the clinician pertaining to infant development and the possible discontinuance of patient monitoring.
A study group of 11 sets of preterm infants (mean gestational age 31.8 weeks) were placed on apnea monitors for 12 hours prior to cobedding and another 12 hours during cobedding (Clin.
Diagnostic and monitoring devices are further categorized as blood pressure monitors, blood glucose monitors, heart rate monitors, coagulation monitors, sleep apnea monitors, temperature monitors, pulse oximeter, pedometers, pregnancy test kits and others.
I find it interesting that although apnea monitors add stress to parents, most would use them again and many felt they were helpful.
The global remote patient monitoring devices market segmentation is based on device types (Heart Monitors, ECG, heart rate monitors, blood pressure monitors, fetal heart monitors, breath monitors, respiration rate monitors, spirometers, sleep apnea monitors, physical activity monitors, activity level monitors, weight monitors, hematology monitors, blood glucose monitors, prothrombin time monitors, multi-sign monitors, infusion pumps, ventilators, body temperature monitors), End users (home healthcare, ambulatory care center).
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