Oximetry Spot-Check Solution
The TuffSat® by Datex-Ohmeda, Madison, Wis, is now available with PIr® relative perfusion index measurementa quick, easy-to-use clinical tool for a dynamic numeric reflection of perfusion at the sensor site. With this feature, clinicians can assess perfusion or blood flow at the sensor site. PIr enables clinicians to rapidly locate the sensor site with the strongest pulse signal by comparing the perfusion index at different sites on a patient. Clinicians can use this numeric, quantifiable value in many other ways, including to document peripheral circulation and to assess collateral flow prior to and after arterial catheterization. TuffSat is available in four colors. (800) 345-2700; www.datex-ohmeda.com.
Nova Biomedical, Waltham, Mass, introduces the Stat Profile pHOx® Plus C analyzer, which incorporates an 11-test point-of-care menu, including both ionized calcium and chloride. The compact analyzer measures oxygen saturation (SO2%), hematocrit, and hemoglobin in addition to the standard blood gas menu of pH, PCO2, and PO2. The device also incorporates glucose, sodium, and potassium. The pHOx Plus C uses a liquid-only calibration system, and a totally automated quality control system is contained within a single on-board auto-cartridge QC pack. The device uses just 125 µl of whole blood to measure the 11-test menu and 60 µL of whole blood for a three-test micro-sample. (800) 458-5813; www.novabiomedical.com.
Vertical Tube Attachment Device
Hollister Inc, Libertyville, Ill, introduces V TAD, a sterile tube attachment device that secures drains, tubes, or catheters (5-40 French) vertical to the patients skin. Tubes can be secured at the tube exit site, eliminating the need for additional tape and sutures. The synthetic skin barrier protects the skin and allows for visualization of the insertion site. Its stock number is 9782, and five come per box. (800) 323-4060; www.hollister.com.
Nonadhesive Pulse Oximetry Sensors
Pleasanton, Calif-based Nellcor, a business unit of Tyco Healthcare, recently received US Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for the SoftCare family of nonadhesive pulse oximetry sensors, which are designed to protect the delicate skin of neonates, geriatric patients, and other patients with compromised skin integrity. SoftCare sensors are developed in accordance with the AWHONN/NANN neonatal skin care clinical practice guidelines. Made of a soft, pliable foam material, the sensors fasten with Velcro® instead of adhesive tape to eliminate adhesive-related skin trauma. They are available in three models: SC-PR for preterm infants weighing less than 1.5 kg, SC-NEO for neonatal patients weighing 1.5 kg to 5 kg, and SC-A for adult patients weighing more than 40 kg. www.nellcor.com.
Respironics Inc, Murrysville, Pa, introduces the Millennium M concentrator with more than 15 new enhancements designed to reduce weight and noise and increase durability. With 63% fewer components than competitive units, the Millennium saves home care providers from having to stock a large number of replacement parts. It features a sleek casing, longer and wider casters, and reinforced cabinetry. The 5-LPM concentrator, which weighs less than 50 pounds, operates at 50 decibels and can function through brownout conditions. It comes with a 3-year, standard, full-coverage warranty. (800) 345-6443; www.respironics.com.
ET TAPE ll by B & B Medical Technologies Inc, Loomis, Calif, is a commercially manufactured, preformed, around-the-neck endotracheal-tube-holding device that minimizes clinician labor and secures endotracheal tubes. Because of its above-the-lip application, it minimizes skin breakdown and often can be used for up to 3 days before a change is required, the company says. According to the company, many prestigious hospitals have made ET TAPE ll their choice for managing intubated patients endotracheal tubes. (800) 242-8778; www.bandb-medical.com.