Philips Healthcare has introduced a wearable patient vital signs monitor, hung around the neck and resting on the chest, to provide continuous monitoring of ambulatory patients and those being transported.

The IntelliVue MX40 monitor enables nurses to check ECG rhythms or other vital signs rather than going to a central station monitor, according to the Andover, Mass.-based vendor. Other features include alarm settings, histories, and vital signs trends.

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