Self Aware Sensors™ Drive Higher Reliability Anesthesia Systems

Anesthesia machines are typically used during hospital based surgeries to increase the likelihood of success while providing for additional patient comfort. Highly trained specialists ensure that the machine is working to optimal levels and intercede if there is an issue. Machine failures, regardless of cause, are not acceptable during these critical care events. Higher reliability Anesthesia machines, with lower downtime, are required to reduce patient risk.

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Anesthesia machines are used extensively in hospital surgery units to enable the painless performance of medical procedures that would otherwise cause severe or intolerable pain to an unanesthetized patient. These systems are classified as life critical, thus great precautions are taken to ensure the highest levels of system reliability.  As such, these anesthesia systems are carefully designed to ensure single points of failure do not cause harm to the patient, with appropriate system redundancy provided. General anesthesia suppresses central nervous system activity resulting in unconsciousness with a total lack of sensation. These machines are quite complex in nature, containing vaporizers, ventilators, waste gas scavenging system and pressure gauges. The purpose of the anesthetic machine is to provide an accurate and continuous supply of gases (typically Oxygen and Nitrous Oxide), mixed with a tightly controlled concentration of anesthetic vapor (often Isoflurane) and deliver this to the patient at safe pressure levels and flow rates.

Modern anesthesia machines have integrated sensor systems for monitoring key vital parameters during the procedure. These machines require highly reliable sensors optimized to ensure very high accuracy at all times. These sensor systems include measurement capabilities for: Electrocardiography (ECG), Heart rate, Blood pressure, gas pressures and flows, Pulse oximetry and Temperature

Superior Sensor Technology is now under development of a new advanced Self Aware Sensor™ offering to dramatically lower the occurrence of system alarms during critical care therapy cycles. It is widely known that many, if not most, of these system alarm events can be attributed to sensor related failures and the reduction of these will be very impactful. We are working closely today with our system partners to ensure that this technology will change the reliability landscape of the Anesthesia market.