Network for portable patient monitoring devices

  • US 5,319,363 A
  • Filed: 08/20/1992
  • Issued: 06/07/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/31/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for managing multiple devices each of which selectively operates in one of a normal condition and an alarm condition, each one of said devices being portable to allow the device to be operated in any selected one of a plurality of locations, comprisinga network that includes a plurality of links each of which is assigned to a predetermined one of said locations, each link having a first state in which none of said devices is in electrical communication with said link and a second state in which at least one of said devices is in electrical communication with said link,means for placing at least one of said devices in electrical communication with a selected one of said links that was previously not in electrical communication with any of said devices and changing said selected link from said first state to said second state independently of whether said at least one of said devices that is placed in electrical communication with said one link is in said normal condition or said alarm condition, andmeans for identifying the links that are in electrical communication with said devices by detecting the links that are in said second state independently of identities of the devices that are in electrical communication with said links, and determining the locations at which devices are in electrical communication with said links based on said identifying.

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