Infectious diseases are among the most common causes for illnesses and even death worldwide. These diseases can be quite malicious, as demonstrated by the current Covid19-pandemic. An initially mild course of illness can suddenly and rapidly deteriorate, leading to severe complications and even death. Detecting such sudden deterioration of the health condition of the patients is the key factor here. If the right therapy can be initiated early enough and adapted to the situation, it can have a positive effect on the further course of illness.
Such close monitoring of patients, including e.g. EKG, blood pressure and pulsoxymetry, is currently only carried out in intensive care stations. In normal hospital wards, care facilities, ambulatory care or even at home, where patients with mild courses of illness are normally staying, such monitoring is not provided today. As a result, the deterioration of the disease is often recognized too late and the necessary action is not initiated in time. This increases the risk for the patients and often prolongs the necessary therapy time.