'Autopilot' for Hospital Ventilators is Introduced to Help Reduce Patient Injury, Medical Errors and Time on the Ventilator

RENO, Nev., Oct. 17 / - A hospital ventilator already dubbed "the autopilot" is being introduced to health care professionals. It can protect patients' delicate lungs when on this life support device while improving the medical staff effectiveness throughout the Intensive Care Unit.

"Intelligent Ventilation" from Hamilton Medical uses information from the patient, rather than relying on a care-giver to manually make adjustments. Hospitals are faced with patients whose condition changes constantly while being pressed to hire adequate numbers of health care professionals. www.hamilton-medical.com

"Ventilator Induced Lung Injury is a fact that physicians and respiratory therapists struggle with every day," said David Costa, Vice President. The term, "ventilator autopilot" is based upon his experience as a former airline pilot. "The goal is patient focused. Get the patient breathing on their own as soon possible and support them with automated lung protective rules," Costa continued.

Hamilton's ventilator is mechanically similar to current products but uses advanced computer technology to make intelligent decisions regarding the patient's ventilation needs.

Now consider this. Despite the recent focus on patient safety from the National Academy of Science's, Institute of Medicine, the 100K Lives Initiative by the non-profit, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others, experts assure us that the health system in the United States is safe. The safety record however, is a far cry from the enviable record of commercial aviation, which is equally complex and often used as a benchmark against health care.

Airline statistics suggest that a person would have to fly nonstop for 438 years before expecting to be involved in a deadly airplane crash. That, says the Institute of Medicine, places health-care at least a decade behind aviation in safeguarding consumer's lives and health.

"Intelligent Ventilation" from Hamilton has recently been approved by the FDA, and has been in widespread use elsewhere in the world for over seven years. "Intelligent Ventilation (ASV) completely changed our lives," states Dr. Jean-Michel Arnal, Regional Hospital, Toulon. For more information go to www.hamilton-medical.com.

NOTE: A press preview of Intelligent Ventilation will be held October 24, Radisson Hotel, Red Butte Room, 215 West South Temple St., Salt Lake City, Utah, 8:00 AM. Costa available for interviews. Please RSVP to Annette Dusek, 800-426-6331 Ext. 213 or annette.dusek@hamiltonmedical.net.

Source: Hamilton Medical

Annette Dusek of Hamilton Medical,
+1-800-426-6331, ext. 213,

Web site: www.hamilton-medical.com/

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