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1. (WO1991008704) MEDICAL EQUIPMENT MONITOR APPARATUS AND METHOD
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1. A monitor system for medical equipment comprising:
one or more items of medical equipment, said medical equipment including built-in electronic alarm systems;
a monitor interconnected with said medical equipment and capable of receiving signals from said electronic alarm systems;
transmission means in said monitor for transmitting said electronic alarm signals over a telephone line to a second location; and
recording means in said monitor for recording information from said medical equipment.

2. The monitor system defined in claim 1, wherein said monitor includes alarm means for producing an alarm when an alarm signal is received from said electronic alarm systems in said medical equipment.

3. The monitor system defined in claim 2, wherein said transmission means includes automatic redialing means for repeatedly redialing said second location over said telephone line in the event a busy signal is detected on said telephone line.

4. The monitor system defined in claim 1, wherein said monitor includes an electrical power supply means for supplying electrical power to said medical equipment thereby enabling said monitor to detect when electrical power to said medical equipment is interrupted.

5. The monitor system defined in claim 1, wherein said transmission means includes means for transmitting said information recorded by said monitor from said medical equipment.

6. The monitor system defined in claim 1, wherein said monitor includes a manual alarm that is operable by a patient being serviced by said medical equipment.
7. The monitor system defined in claim 1, wherein said monitor includes a first base computer means for receiving and storing information from said monitor.

8. The monitor system defined in claim 7, wherein said base computer means includes a first printer for printing said information.

9. The monitor system defined in claim 7, wherein said first base computer means includes a second computer and a database software for manipulating said information into a preselected format.

10. A medical equipment monitor system for monitoring selected parameters from a plurality of items of medical equipment, each item of medical equipment having an electronic signal means for producing electronic signals for signaling predetermined parameters and alarm conditions of said medical equipment comprising:
a monitor having an electrical power receptacle for receiving electrical power from a source of electrical power and distribution outlets for distributing electrical power to said items of medical equipment, said monitor also including monitor means for monitoring said electronic signals and alarm conditions to a second location, and recording means for recording said electronic signals and alarm conditions.

11. The monitor system defined in claim 10, wherein said transmission means includes automatic redialing means for repeatedly redialing said second location over said telephone line in the event a busy signal is detected on said telephone line.

12. The monitor system defined in claim 10, wherein said monitor includes a manual alarm that is operable by a patient being serviced by said medical equipment.

13. The monitor system defined in claim 10, wherein said monitor includes a first base computer means for receiving and storing information from said monitor.

14. The monitor system defined in claim 13, wherein said first base computer means includes a first printer for printing said information.

15. The monitor system defined in claim 13, wherein said first base computer means includes a second . computer and a database software for manipulating said information into a preselected format.

16. A method for monitoring electronic signals and alarm conditions from medical equipment comprising:
obtaining a monitor, said monitor being capable of receiving, recording, and transmitting said electronic signals and alarm conditions from said medical equipment;
interfacing said monitor between said medical equipment and an electrical power source for said medical equipment;
coupling the monitor capability of said medical equipment thereby adapting the monitor for receiving said electronic signals and alarm conditions;
recording said electronic signals and alarm conditions; and
transmitting said alarm conditions.

17. The method defined in claim 16, wherein said obtaining step includes selecting a computer and interconnecting said monitor to said computer through a telephone line, and said recording step includes directing said electronic signals and alarm conditions to said computer.

18. The method defined in claim 17, wherein said interconnecting step includes redialing said computer in the event said monitor encounters a busy signal.