Special report: Testing equipment

by Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | May 30, 2014
From the May 2014 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


The new portfolio includes diagnostic Xray equipment, real-time dose monitoring systems and patient dose tracking software solutions.

Fast and accurate analyzing
Fluke Biomedical also recently launched a new automated infusion device analyzer, IDA-5.

Since infusion pumps have been the cause of many adverse events, recalls and even deaths, they are regularly tested for accuracy and proper function.



Fluke’s product can digitally analyze whether volumetric, syringe, PCA, drip-rate, anesthesia and ambulatory pumps are accurately administering flow, volume and boluses. It has built-in automation, which enables users to create their own template so they can have a quicker and more standardized analysis.

NETECH Corporation also recently released a new infusion pump analyzer called IPA 2000. It’s compact and lightweight and has the capability to quickly evaluate the flow rate, volume and occlusion pressure of any infusion pump.

In addition, it eliminates the need for an elaborate setup and all of the test results are stored into the internal memory and can be either printed or downloaded to a PC through a built-in serial port.

More to come
This summer, Michigan Instruments will unveil a complete re-imagining of their PneuView software. It’s called PneuView 3 and it doesn’t share a single line of code in common with the previous software.

The company says it will be a lot easier for the users to get access to accurate parameters. The data sampling is done at 500Hz rather than the previous 100Hz, which enables the users to have access to full analysis of high-frequency breaths even if the treatment goes over 1,000 breaths per minute.

Also, they will now be able to run the programs on Windows 8 and other contemporary operating systems.

“We decided to undertake this project due to a clear shift in the world of respiratory care,” says Wyatt Baldwin, technical advisor at Michigan Instruments. “Modern treatments seem to prefer higher frequency, pressure based ventilations that were on track to out-pace the capabilities of our previous devices.”

Another reason the company started the project was to create a product that helps maintenance teams certify ventilators under new ISO standards that will come into effect in 2015.

In the near future, CIRS will be introducing two new products that meet the ACR Ultrasound Accreditation Program requirements. The Model 552, Accreditation Phantom for Geometric Accuracy is used to check geometric accuracy in the vertical and horizontal directions, system sensitivity on most transducers and also to evaluate image uniformity of linear transducers.

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