In addition to a huge demand for advanced ventilators, the fight against the new coronavirus COVID-19 has also increased the need for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), an approach that provides the body with oxygen when the lungs fail to perform this task. Getinge’s ECMO devices are designed to help keep critically ill patients alive while giving their damaged lungs time to recover.
Getinge’s patient flow management solution INSIGHT is proving to be a valuable tool in managing the increased patient load.
Dr. Felipe Gallego was on duty at InCor (Instituto do Coração do Hospital da Clínicas da FMUSP) when the Executive Director Assistant of the clinic one day came in with her father. He had chest pain which turned out to be a severe heart attack with cardiac arrest. Felipe and his team managed to save the patient using Getinge’s intra-aortic balloon pump.
“Where do you want to be in ten years?” This is one of the first questions Julian Grimaldi ask customers when discussing Hybrid operating rooms (Hybrid ORs). Being the expert planner at Getinge for these state-of-the-art solutions, he is all about preparing hospitals for the future.
Twenty years ago when Getinge together with imaging partners started providing hospitals with Hybrid operating rooms (Hybrid ORs), the first stars were AWIGS and VIWAS – the synthesis of operating table and imaging system. Meet two Getinge employees who share their stories now that Getinge celebrates 20 years of driving the future of the Hybrid OR.
For the last ten years Getinge has been a driving force when it comes to Hybrid operating rooms (Hybrid ORs), a place where both diagnostics and therapies takes place. But even ten years before that we were already pioneering this area, it was just phrased differently: Image Guided Surgery. So in 2019, Getinge is celebrating 10 + 10 years of driving the future of the Hybrid OR.
Over time we are seeing the life science market focus, shift from product sales to solutions and outcomes. In order to effectively react to the changing environment our approach to Life Science projects has changed. From a re-structure including some new faces, to a new collaborative project delivery tool our new continual Transformation approach, ensures we are the best placed-partner in the delivery of mission-critical projects to the Life Science community.
Getinge provides healthcare professionals with a complete solution to overcome endoscope-related infection challenges. The T-DOC Endo ensures correct handling of these complex endoscopes and compliance with regulatory standards and ultimately the solution enhances patient and staff safety.
T-DOC Endo provides full traceability and documentation to show that all endoscopes have been processed correctly. In addition, it also creates a track record of all patients, machine processes and actions that the endoscope encounters.
With numerous options for reporting and statistics, T-DOC Endo helps users base their procedures on best practices and actual data. Users are also provided with clear guidance via the intuitive user interface to make sure that selected handling steps and endoscope procedures are followed, which ultimately enhances patient and staff safety.
“Flexible endoscopes are widely used across the world to perform both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. They are smart and save the patient unnecessary pain and troublesome recovery, compared to e.g. invasive surgery”, says Niels Mosekjær Madsen, Product Line Manager T-DOC at Getinge. “In addition, the cost of procedures can be low compared to alternatives”.
However, flexible endoscopy procedures involve a higher risk of infection resulting from exposure to microorganisms, secretions and blood from other patients than in traditional surgeries. Flexible endoscopes contain small, interconnected internal channels that require meticulous thorough cleaning and disinfection in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and industry guidelines.
Another factor that increases the risk of infection is that the various local, national and international regulations that require sterilization of all medical devices, including surgical instruments, do not apply for endoscopes.
“Since endoscopes are considered semi-critical devices, they are only required to be high-level disinfected – even the endoscopes used for biopsies where tissue samples are taken from the patient’s mucosa. Yet, the endoscope is in direct contact with the samples which can be a source of infection and ultimately incite a cross-contamination between patients,” Niels continues.