El Camino Well being introduced Tuesday that it’ll start utilizing a brand new blood move monitoring know-how referred to as FloPatch, a wearable ultrasound system that enables clinicians to extra successfully deal with sufferers with sepsis. The Mountain View-based well being system is the primary on the earth to undertake the brand new know-how, in keeping with the announcement.
“Timing is essential when caring for sufferers with sepsis,” Cheryl Reinking, chief nursing officer at El Camino Well being, mentioned in a press release. “Our nurses have seen firsthand how efficient FloPatch is in monitoring the effectiveness of therapy in deteriorating sufferers, particularly these with sepsis and low blood stress.”
In partnership with Flosonics Medical, the developer of FloPatch, El Camino Well being has been piloting the FloPatch know-how for the previous yr at Fogarty Innovation, the medical know-how and startup incubator that operates out of El Camino Hospital.
“Our nurses instantly beloved it, and helped resolve the place within the hospital the know-how can be the perfect match,” Reinking mentioned.
FloPatch is a tool accepted by the Meals and Drug Administration. It gives quick and constant measurements to assist clinicians observe a affected person’s coronary heart operate.
“As soon as positioned on a affected person’s neck, the FloPatch repeatedly assesses blood move within the carotid arteries, that are the key blood vessels that provide blood to the mind, neck, and face,” the assertion mentioned. “FloPatch then wirelessly transmits that knowledge to a safe iOS cellular software, offering clinicians with actionable, actual time knowledge on the bedside.”
When a affected person with sepsis arrives on the hospital, the assertion mentioned, the primary crucial step is to deal with them with IV fluids. However it may be difficult to manage the correct quantity of fluid, and an excessive amount of may cause main issues for sufferers.
“Whereas there are instruments presently accessible that may measure fluid response, they’re cumbersome and time-consuming to make use of,” the assertion mentioned. “FloPatch’s superior analytics engine quantifies and shows altering metrics over the course of an evaluation and helps clinicians ship extra exact fluid therapy and in the end, higher care to sufferers.”
El Camino Well being cited a examine which discovered that 4 to 5 sufferers will keep away from probably harmful fluid overload for each 10 FloPatch makes use of.
The FloPatch is the newest know-how to profit from El Camino Well being’s medical know-how accelerator program out of Fogarty Innovation (FI), a six-month-long mentoring program that helps early-stage corporations develop.
“With steerage from their lead FI mentors, Mike Regan, chief innovation officer, and Dr. Zach Edmonds, strategic advisor, the Flosonics staff labored instantly with clinicians at El Camino Well being to realize a greater understanding of the affected person journey and decide the perfect scientific use for his or her groundbreaking know-how,” the assertion mentioned.