GE's new ventilator may save hospital $5 million annually

by Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | September 01, 2015
Medical Devices Population Health Risk Management
By utilizing automated assessment software to track nutritional status, The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health saved almost $9,000 per ICU patient in 90 days. The hospital was the first in the U.S. to use GE Healthcare’s newest ventilator, CARESCAPE R860, in its ICU, which has the software built in.

Since the software resulted in a 28 percent decrease in the amount of time the patients needed to be ventilated, the hospital is optimistic it could see savings in the ballpark of $5 million annually.

“Helping more than half of the patients in the ICU who are on ventilators breathe on their own sooner could help both the patients get back on their feet sooner and the hospitals that count length of stay as a key factor in determining cost and measuring effective care,” Thierry Leclercq, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Life Care Solutions, told HCB News.

The system works by assessing the patients’ caloric needs through a respiratory care module. When a patient is critically ill, every calorie, vitamin, and liquid is imperative to their recovery. But about 40 to 50 percent of ICU patients today are malnourished, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Clinicians traditionally use manual estimates, one-size-fits-all calculations and bulky machines to measure nutritional status, but studies have shown that these solution are only accurate about 30 percent of the time.

GE believes that clinicians need more of a total care approach, since they are dealing with more complex care procedures and patients with varied ages, weights and comorbidities. “We want to provide a total care approach, certainly part of that is moving beyond the traditional hardware to more intelligent software planning and wireless technology,” said Leclercq.

The CARESCAPE R860 also provides lung protection tools that can help clinicians evaluate when patients may be ready to breathe on their own.

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