Miniature in-line blood gas analyser launched at AAGBI 2014

Proxima supports rapid and frequent bedside blood gas measurements at critical times

Cambridge, UK, 16 September 2014: Sphere Medical Holding plc (AIM: SPHR.L) (“Sphere” or “Sphere Medical” or the “Company”), a leading provider of innovative monitoring and diagnostic devices for the critical care setting, will launch Proxima, its cutting edge in-line patient dedicated arterial blood gas analyser, at the AAGBI Annual Congress 2014 (Stand 27), Harrogate, 17-19th September. The new CE marked Proxima miniaturised blood gas analyser uniquely delivers rapid and frequent results at a patient’s bedside to enable faster response and more proactive critical care.

At the AAGBI 2014 Annual Congress, Sphere Medical will be sponsoring an industry seminar where Dr. Tom Clutton-Brock will be presenting on ‘True Point of Care Testing’. To be held at 10.35am and 13.40pm on Thursday 18th September, the seminar will discuss the challenges of maintaining control of patient physiology in the ITU. In particular he will focus on the frequency of arterial blood sample testing ideally required and associated limitations such as staff time involved, costs and blood conservation. He will also consider how matters might change if these limitations were removed.

Dr Wolfgang Rencken, CEO of Sphere Medical, said: “We are delighted to announce the commercial launch of Proxima in to the UK market, our first marketed product. Frequent measurement of arterial blood samples is a key component in the effective management of patients in the critical care environment, particularly those that are unstable. Proxima keeps the care giver by the patient, conserves blood and rapidly returns blood gas results to aid early decision making and closer control of therapy for critically ill patients – all of which ultimately improve patient outcomes.”

Commenting on the clinical importance of Proxima, Dr. Tom Clutton-Brock, Senior Lecturer Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Birmingham, said: “Rapid return of data and swift response to changing blood gases is as essential in patient care as the continual measurement of blood pressure. Fast feedback and response could have a real impact on efficiently stabilising patients or weaning them from mechanical ventilation.”