CHICAGO, April 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Hillrom (NYSE: HRC) is introducing new medical device and connectivity advancements, as well as updated clinical protocols, to help caregivers more easily diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients.
"Our team has been working tirelessly to rapidly develop and deliver critical care devices and solutions for COVID -19 patients, from triage to treatment for those in the ICU," said John Groetelaars, Hillrom's president and CEO. "In addition to receiving emergency use authorization to enhance our MetaNeb® System, we are also pleased to offer new mobile care communications and innovative vital signs remote monitoring solutions to help save lives."
Advancing Respiratory Health and Support for Ventilated Patients
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Hillrom has received emergency use authorization from the FDA to adapt the company's MetaNeb System to help COVID-19 patients. The MetaNeb System combines lung expansion, secretion clearance and aerosol delivery into a single integrated therapy session and can be used with any ventilator. Clinical studies show that oscillation and lung expansion therapy reduces time on the ventilator and reduces ICU length of stay1. With its new closed-circuit design using a bacterial-viral filter, caregivers of patients treated with MetaNeb are better protected from aerosolized particles that may escape during treatment.
Two New Vital Signs Monitor Enhancements
Hillrom has integrated digital respiratory rate capture capabilities into its Welch Allyn Connex® Spot Monitor. This new technology utilizes the integrated pulse oximetry of the Connex Spot Monitor to simply and accurately capture this key measure. Changes in respiratory rate often occur in advance of changes in heart rate, blood pressure and other parameters2. This technological advance can empower care teams to accurately monitor the respiratory rate of COVID-19 patients and could lead to earlier detection and intervention.
Hillrom will add a remote monitoring platform and simplified connectivity to its recently launched Spot® 4400 Vital Signs Monitor. This simple-to-use, clinical-grade integrated device will allow clinicians to remotely receive a complete set of vitals, including SPO2, temperature and blood pressure, from patients requiring monitoring outside the hospital through a smart phone app and web portal.
Mobile Communication Solutions for Alternate Care Areas
Hillrom has created and deployed a simple, cloud-hosted version of its Voalte mobile solution, a method for allowing caregivers and patients in field hospitals to communicate. Voalte® Extend software empowers patients by giving them the ability to send a message from a mobile device directly to their nurse. This secure, Azure Cloud-based, ready-to-go solution can be deployed quickly using remote tools.