Respiratory product portfolio and COVID-19

COVID-19 and associated acute respiratory distress syndrome 

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory tract infection caused by a newly emergent coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that was first recognized in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Genetic sequencing of the virus suggests that SARS-CoV-2 is a betacoronavirus closely linked to the SARS virus [1].  

 While most people with COVID-19 develop mild or uncomplicated illness, approximately 14% develop severe disease requiring hospitalization and oxygen support and 5% require admission to an intensive care unit [1]. In severe cases, COVID-19 can be complicated by acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS), sepsis and septic shock, multiorgan failure, including acute kidney injury and cardiac injury [2].  

Approximately 20-30% of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and pneumonia have required intensive care for respiratory support.[3–4] Compared to patients not admitted to an intensive care unit, critically ill patients were older (median age 66 years versus 51 years), and were more likely to have underlying co-morbid conditions (72% versus 37%). [4] Among critically ill patients admitted to an intensive care unit, 11–64% received high-flow oxygen therapy and 47-71% received mechanical ventilation; some hospitalized patients have required advanced organ support with endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation (4–42%).[4–6] A small proportion have also been supported with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO, 3–12%).[4–6]. 

Vibrating Mesh Nebulisers

Aerogen’s VMN inline circuit design enables nebulization without breaking the ventilation circuit, providing a significant safety advantage to patients suffering droplet spread infections like COVID-19.  The Aerogen can be used for different types of respiratory support, including HFOV, NIV, CPAP and HFNC.
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Airway management

Guidelines for intubation of COVID-19 infected patients recommend using video laryngoscopes. The device from APA®/Venner Medical is similar to a standard laryngoscope and comes with a 3,5” screen. Disposable MAC/Miller blades and shapes for difficult airwaysStylets available for different sizes of endotracheal tubes.
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Our portfolio gives a variety of options to build circuit kits, including length, tubing preference and other add-ons. All the circuits are built to ensure peak performance and provide accurate readings. The comprehensive circuit family also include a wide range of heated wire circuits.
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NIV PCO2 monitoring 

OuSenTec produce high-quality non-invasive transcutaneous blood gas monitoring equipment. Monitoring the respiratory condition of for example Acute Respiratory Failure patients has become of crucial importance and Sentec monitors provides such a reliable transcutaneous monitoring of the respiratory parameters.
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Intensive Care Ventilators

The Bellavista series is the ideal solution the ICU ventilation fleet due to its high-performance turbine (eliminates the need for wall-gas connection), 4h standard battery time, invasive and non-invasive modes and standard high-flow therapy up to 80 liters. Highly intuitive user interface reduces training time.
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Single-patient NIV masks

Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) masks available in 3 sizes to cover all the different patient needs. The flexible pivot to facilitate a easy circuit positioning. All mask comes with comfortable head straps with four-point adjustability for better stability and to ensure that there are no leaks. Low dead space volume to reduce CO2 build-up.
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The Multi-link X2 single patient ECG leadwires are compatible with monitoring systems from well-known producers like Philips, Mindray, GE, Dräger and more. In addition, we offer catheters from Probes and Foley that are available with temperature monitoring.

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Single-patient isolation system 

The EpiShuttle is a medical single-patient isolation and transport system, provide maximum patient safety and comfort while allowing critical care and treatment to be performed. EpiShuttle protect the environment from an infected patient, or protect a vulnerable patient from a contaminated environment.
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Infusion pumps

The arcomed® Syringe- and Volumetric pumps, as well as a wide range of infusion sets for your every need. Configurable software and drug protocol, including TCI profile Eleveld. Has an intuitive user interface with large color touchscreen enables icon based navigation. Web-based user training available.
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Closed suction system 

With the Verso™ airway access adapter, procedures and catheter change-outs can be done through a single port without disconnecting the circuit. Available in neonatal/infant and adult/pediatric sizes. Verso and Neo-Verso™ can be used up to seven daysthe catheters for up to 72 hours.
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Filters – HME/HMEF 

We offer a wide range of HMEFs that are tested to some of the highest standards and measured according to standard ISO 9360:2000 and BS EN ISO 23328-1:2008, including salt and live bacterial and viral testing. For respiratory care, including anesthesia, critical care, resuscitation and respiratory functional testing.
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  1. Team NCPERE. Vital surveillances: the epidemiological characteristics of an outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) – China. China CDC Weekly. 2020;2(8):113-22.
  2. Yang X, Yu Y, Xu J, Shu H, Xia J, Liu H et al. Clinical course and outcomes of critically ill patients with SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia in Wuhan, China: a single-centered, retrospective, observational study. Lancet Respir Med. 2020. Epub 2020/02/28. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(20)30079-5. PubMed PMID: 32105632.
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