Portable Ventilator Helps Infants with Respiratory Distress
CareFusion Corporation, a global leader in the development of innovative respiratory care technologies, turned to Nectar to develop a portable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) ventilator for use by infants suffering from respiratory distress syndrome for its Viasys Healthcare line. CPAP ventilators use continuous positive air pressure to maintain a constant level of positive airway pressure in a spontaneously breathing patient.
Engineering a portable CPAP Ventilator
Nectar faced numerous challenges in designing and engineering the Viasys CPAP ventilator. The unit had to be compact and quiet to operate, feature compliance monitoring and closed-loop pressure management, and offer pass-over humidification and adjustable temperature control capabilities. In addition to providing respiratory support for prematurely born infants, the portable unit also needed to support other ventilator needs, such as use by patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
Optimizing Ventilator Design for Reliability
Nectar created a compact, portable CPAP infant ventilator design that exceeded performance and usability requirements. The unit combines ventilator system options with healthcare interoperability and analytics software, which helps improve workflow and patient care. Nectar’s experience and familiarity with the medical device regulatory process facilitated collaboration with CareFusion’s Viasys Healthcare group and ensured compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements.
Improving Patient Outcomes
Nectar delivered an easy-to-use, compact, and reliable portable CPAP infant ventilator that is improving patient outcomes for prematurely born infants and adults suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. The CPAP ventilator uses mild air pressure to keep an airway open. It can be used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, by keeping the airway free and clear of obstruction during sleep, and as a therapy for preterm infants whose lungs have not yet fully developed. The new system improves care for some of the 15 million infants born prematurely each year that suffer from respiratory distress syndrome. The noninvasive CPAP infant ventilator relieves respiratory distress in infants while avoiding the complications associated with intubation.