Royal Philips is nearing the launch of its Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor designed to prevent childhood mortality due to pneumonia, which is responsible for almost one million childhood deaths worldwide, annually.
According to a FierceMedicalDevices.com news report, Philips said it expects to launch the device during the second quarter of 2016. The device is currently under review for a CE mark.
Currently, poorly equipped healthcare workers must conduct their own one-minute count via a visual inspection of a child’s breaths, the article said.
“The Philips Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor will be a game changer in diagnosing and treating pneumonia,” Salim Sadruddin, Senior Child Health Advisor at non-governmental organization Save the Children, said in a statement reported by Fierce. “If we can remove the subjectivity associated with health workers counting breaths, we can improve the quality of treatment and help improve patient outcomes.”
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