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New Study Confirms the Accuracy of VitalStream’s Continuous Cardiac Output Measurements on Post Cardiac Surgery Patients

Caretaker Medical today announced the results of a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing. The research assessed the accuracy of VitalStream’s cardiac output (CO) measurements against the established gold standard, pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) guided thermodilution CO, in the challenging post-surgery cardiac ICU setting.

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Caretaker Medical Offers Hospitals an Innovative Solution to the Thermodilution Catheter Shortage

Charlottesville VA, August 16, 2023 — Persistent supply challenges affecting continuous cardiac output (CCO) thermodilution catheters are impacting hospitals worldwide. In response, Caretaker Medical is ramping up efforts to increase awareness of its FDA-cleared wireless, wearable continuous cardiac output monitor system, VitalStream, to ensure patient care is not impacted.

The ongoing scarcity of CCO thermodilution catheters can present a significant challenge for healthcare providers. It can disrupt established medical protocols and hamper the ability to quickly address critical conditions.

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Time Critical Fluid Assessment: Save Lives with VitalStream

With around 80% of hospitalized patients being prescribed intravenous (IV) fluid therapy[1], physicians need fast and reliable insight into how patients are responding so they can effectively manage changes in their blood volume.

Incorrect intravascular volume can lead to severe complications, and even death. Reduced oxygen levels in organs can occur from a low volume, while fluid overload can result in swelling and organ damage, including respiratory failure. It’s been reported that 20% of patients on IV fluid therapy suffer complications due to incorrect fluid administration[2] – so it’s essential that physicians get it right.

Studies show that a higher cumulative fluid balance is an important factor associated with 28-day mortality[3]. In a European study of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), each 1 liter of positive fluid balance during the first 72 hours was associated with a 10% increase in mortality after adjustments for other risk factors.[4]

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Managing Sepsis: The role of VitalStream for rapid fluid assessment

With September designated as Sepsis Awareness Month, and the tenth annual World Sepsis Day this September 13th, there is a renewed focus on this global health crisis which affects up to 50 million people a year and is associated with 20% of all deaths worldwide.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition which occurs when the body’s response to infection starts a chain reaction that injures its own tissues and organs. If not identified and treated rapidly, sepsis can lead to shock, organ failure and death. For those that survive, the physical damage caused by sepsis can negatively affect their health for the rest of their lifetime. .

While anyone can get sepsis from a bacterial or viral infection (including COVID-19), those most at risk are patients in intensive care or recovering from a procedure, people with weakened immune systems, chronic health conditions and the elderly.

Despite being a common cause of death in hospitals, sepsis is frequently underdiagnosed in the crucial early stages. And while educational campaigns to raise staff awareness and the development of hospital systems such as the ‘Sepsis Six Bundle’ have helped deliver prompt treatment, there is still scope for improvement. 

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Fluid Responsiveness: How non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring can prevent the danger of overloading

We’re all familiar with the scene: a critically ill patient is rushed into hospital and wheeled through the corridors on a gurney, a team of doctors running alongside. A clear bag of fluid is hooked up and the fluid drips intravenously into the patient’s bloodstream.

We assume this fluid is helping to keep the patient alive, to keep their organs functioning, but do we know that the patient is benefitting from this fluid intervention? Do we know if it’s the right fluid composition for this patient? Is it being administered at the right rate and in the correct quantity? 

These decisions often have to be made under extreme pressure in emergency wards and acute admission units. However, in many cases they are little more than guesswork, with insufficient information to go on, and this is putting patients at risk.

Non-invasive beat-by-beat monitoring can give medical staff the insight they need to be far more precise with fluid loading and thus eradicate the risk currently posed to patients.

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The Global Burden of Heart Failure

While the world has been focusing on COVID-19, another pandemic has been growing in prevalence across the globe. Heart failure (HF) is on the rise and has been for some time. It currently affects around 26 million people worldwide and that figure is expected to go on rising.

Not only is HF a leading cause of death, particularly among the elderly population, the continuing treatment of HF survivors and those at risk also places an immense financial burden on the world’s health systems. 

In 2020, Giuseppe Lippi and Fabian Sanchis-Gomar aimed to provide an objective analysis of the worldwide epidemiological burden of HF. In their report, Global epidemiology and future trends of heart failure, they calculated the annual global expenditure on HF treatment to be US$ 346.17billion.

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