Patient-dedicated blood gas analysis enhances flu readiness and infection control

The Proxima patient-dedicated blood gas monitoring system delivers near real time analysis of blood gases, electrolytes and metabolites, at the patient’s bedside.

Sphere Medical will be discussing how Proxima can be used to enhance flu readiness and improve infection control in Intensive Care Units at HAI 2016.To be held in Berlin from 15-18th September, HAI 2016 provides an ideal opportunity for practical skills development and the updating of knowledge in many aspects of intensive care.

The miniaturised in-line analyser, enables rapid and frequent arterial blood gas results to be delivered directly at a patient’s bedside monitor without the care giver walking away with a sample to a central analyser. This is ideal from an infection control perspective, for example, during outbreaks of winter influenza when vulnerable patients are placed in isolation to prevent contact and droplet-spread.

Wolfgang Rencken, CEO, Sphere Medical notes: “Blood gas measurements are key parameters when monitoring critical care patients with respiratory complications. Since frequent arterial blood sampling is necessary, a key aspect of infection prevention and control with such patients is the strict management of their blood samples. As Proxima operates as a closed system there is no contact with the patient’s blood which is all returned to the patient. Measuring blood gas actually in the patient’s bed space also enhances workflow in ICUs which is important when pressured during winter flu outbreaks.”

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