Centurion Medical Products has introduced its Compass digital pressure transducers for measuring and monitoring pleural as well as intra-abdominal pressures (IAP).
Compass devices are compact, sterile single-use and offer precise, quantitative pressure measurements whilst eliminating fluid during thoracentesis as well as when monitoring for intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome.
Centurion president and CEO Tom Archipley said: "Compass continues to demonstrate its leadership capability to solve a wide variety of physiological pressure measurement and monitoring challenges in a single, sterile, disposable device.
"Its applications have an immediate and profound effect on clinicians' ability to detect, treat and prevent potentially deadly outcomes from many diverse conditions.
"The expansion into IAP and thoracentesis procedures brings this powerful yet simple-to-use device to more people in need."
Compass for Thoracentesis allows physicians to measure pressure when eliminating fluid during pleural effusion treatment.
Clinical proof indicates that measuring pleural pressure can aid in diagnosing trapped lung whilst offering a quantitative method to maximise fluid removal and minimise risk.
The device helps to avoid complications related with too much fluid removal such as reexpansion pulmonary edema, which has a mortality rate up to 20%.
In addition, this device saves diagnostic time when compared to traditional inaccurate, slow and awkward water-column manometers and pressure transduction setups with cables, tubing and monitors.
As it captures both positive and negative values in centimeters of water (cmH2O), it is suited for use during thoracentesis.
Compass for IAP monitors bladder pressure, offering early indications of intra-abdominal hypertension as well as potentially lethal abdominal compartment syndrome.
Intra-abdominal hypertension occurs in 81% of ICU patients.
Besides not requiring expensive, complex setup, this device connects easily to a standard Foley catheter.
The Compass family of digital pressure transducers also includes applications for measuring central venous pressure to assess septic patients, CVC / central line insertion, extremity compartment pressure and lumbar puncture.