Different types of surgeries, variety of patient position, and wide demography puts additional challenges in order to maintain patient safety, says Mehul Damania, Manager product Support, Maquet Medical India Private Limited
With the rapid advancements in the anesthesia, needs of clinicians are also rapidly evolving. Gone are the old days when an anesthesiologist required just a machine, which can provide continuous flow device with a ventilator. Today they want facilities and features which can assure adequate oxygenation; handle leaks; full fledge ventilator and gas monitoring; cost of ownership; and many more.
Different types of surgeries, variety of patient position, and wide demography puts additional challenges in order to maintain patient safety. Considering such challenging needs FLOW-i is designed and evolved as an anesthesia workstation which can address such challenges.
FLOW-i is a product of Maquet’s leadership in OR technology development. Ideally, the ventilatory capabilities of good workstation should be able to maintain flow rate regardless of lung compliance and airway resistance, and be easy for the patient to trigger.
FLOW-i takes advantage of innovative Volume Reflector (VR) with oxygen-driven design. VR is a rebreathing device that allows partial re-breathing of exhaled gases. In low fresh gas flow settings and in the eventual case of leaks, the circuit will never be empty – ensuring ventilation will remain uninterrupted regardless of surgical constraints, changing conditions or patient position. If there are leaks, the circuit is saturated with oxygen, minimizing the risk of a potentially dangerous hypoxic mixture.
FLOW-i is able to optimize pressure, flow and enable fast, powerful interventions. This is achieved by a low internal volume and a powerful flow and pressure generator. Less internal volume also enables rapid changes in gas concentrations when needed.
The lightweight electronic injection vaporizers are placed centrally on the FLOW-i. Switch between agents is performed by a touch on the intuitive display. The vaporizers can be refilled while still slotted in the machine and with one still in use. They are checked during the system checkout, which means no need for calibration. The Desflurane vaporizer does not need to be heated up before use.
Cost-effective Agent Delivery
FLOW-i is designed to minimize wastage and unnecessary use of agent. During automatic ventilation, the main volume of set fresh gas is delivered during the inspiration phase and the fresh gas flow is limited to set minute volume.