BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Healthcare is highlighting its industry leading credentials and new innovations in Intensive Care Medicine at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) annual congress in Barcelona this week.
Its new CARESCAPE R860 is an intuitive Critical Care ventilator which uses advanced lung protection tools and an innovative user interface, to help improve patient care.
“The lung is a delicate and highly sensitive structure” explained Marc Wysocki, MD, Anesthesia and Respiratory Care Medical Director, GE Healthcare. “Patients affected by lung disease are highly susceptible to ventilation-associated lung injury, and mechanical ventilation can be detrimental if too much volume or pressure is delivered1. This new ventilator helps to address these concerns.”
24 percent of all patients mechanically ventilated will develop Ventilator Induced Lung Injury for reasons other than acute lung injury (ALI) or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) 2. GE supports scientific belief that a lung protection strategy can help ensure the different zones of lungs receive the treatment they need, thus potentially reducing these adverse events3.
The CARESCAPE R860 simplifies the use of advanced tools to tailor treatment for each patient by measuring patients’ lung volume and potential lung recruitability, the ability of the lung alveoli to open, and titrating the appropriate positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) to allow better oxygenation.
GE Healthcare is also sponsoring Life Priority, the public arm of European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), to help raise awareness of the importance of Intensive Care medicine. This sponsorship involves support of its Wheels of Life truck , equipped as an ICU, which travels to strategic sites around Europe and offers free training in resuscitation to the general public and clinicians.
Professor Chiche, President, ESICM, said: “For several years now, GE Healthcare has partnered with us with a clear goal in mind; to increase the understanding and awareness of Intensive Care Medicine, which does not currently benefit from the same level of investment, recognition and visibility as other medical specialty fields.”
Marc Wysocki, MD, Anesthesia and Respiratory Care Medical Director, GE Healthcare, concluded: “Intensive Care units cater for the most seriously ill patients. ICU clinicians and nurses do phenomenal work and we endeavor to support them with the most sophisticated devices.”
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1 E. D. Moloney and M. J. D. Griffiths, British Journal of Anaesthesia 92 (2): 261-70 (2004)
2 International consensus conferences in intensive care medicine: Ventilator-associated Lung Injury in ARDS. This official conference report was cosponsored by the American Thoracic Society, The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, and The Societé de Réanimation de Langue Française, and was approved by the ATS Board of Directors, July 1999. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1999; 160:2118
3 Villar J, Kacmarek RM, Pérez-Méndez L, Aguirre-Jaime A A high positive end-expiratory pressure, low tidal volume ventilatory strategy improves outcome in persistent acute respiratory distress syndrome: a randomized, controlled trial. Crit Care Med. 2006 May;34(5):1311-8.