Advanced respiratory support

Many patients admitted to critical care have life threatening acute respiratory failure which can be exacerbated by unintended side effects of mechanical ventilation. Recent years have seen the development and adoption of respiratory support techniques that provide the required gas exchange while avoiding further lung damage. These include advanced ventilation modes and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment as well as prone positioning of the patient.

Acute respiratory patients require frequent measurement of arterial blood gases to allow careful titration of respiratory support therapy to achieve the required adequacy of gas exchange. As a result, patients are at risk of acquired anaemia due to repeated testing over several days of care. Avoidance of transfusions is an important goal, due to the link between administration of blood and acute respiratory distress syndrome and also due to the impact it can have on the coagulation management in ECMO patients.

The Proxima system is designed to allow frequent, rapid measurement of blood gases when required. This is ideal to get early feedback that ventilator changes are having the desired effect on the respiratory status of the patient. Samples are measured directly at the bedside and all blood is returned to the patient, supporting goals of blood conservation and transfusion avoidance.

To arrange a demonstration of Proxima, contact Sphere Medical.