Sphere Medical to unveil Proxima arterial blood gas analyser at ISICEM 2015

8 March 2015 (Last Updated March 8th, 2015 18:30)

Sphere Medical will unveil its new Proxima arterial blood gas analyser in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium at ISICEM 2015.

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Sphere Medical will unveil its new Proxima arterial blood gas analyser in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium at ISICEM 2015.

The advanced Proxima system allows critical care staff to secure frequent laboratory accurate blood gas measurements without leaving the patient's bedside.

Featuring a range of biological sensors, the miniature Proxima Sensor was designed to be attached directly to the patient through their arterial line.

The analyser includes the option to deliver blood gas results within the patient's bed space. The Proxima system can be operated through the touch screen interface of its bedside monitor.

In the event of an arterial blood gas analysis, blood will be taken from the patient directly into the Proxima Sensor and a panel of analytes is measured.

"The advanced Proxima system allows critical care staff to secure frequent laboratory accurate blood gas measurements without leaving the patient's bedside."

Sphere Medical said all blood will be returned to the patient, promoting blood conservation and reducing the potential of hospital acquired anaemia and transfusions.

The disposable sensor can be utilised for monitoring blood gases and electrolytes over a period of 72 hours.

Proxima was studied and validated in a clinical setting. An observational method comparison study was undertaken at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK.

It measured several arterial blood parameters of intensive care unit patients with a range of clinical conditions, including trauma, head injury, post-surgical recovery and sepsis.

University Hospital Birmingham senior lecturer Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine Tom Clutton-Brock said: "Rapid return of data and swift response to changing blood gases is as essential in patient care as the continual measurement of blood pressure.

"Fast feedback and response could have a real impact on efficiently stabilising patients or weaning them from mechanical ventilation."


Image: Sphere Medical will unveil the Proxima arterial blood gas analyser in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium at ISICEM 2015. Photo: courtesy of Sphere Medical.