Patient monitoring, cardiology  

Philips unveils networked patient monitor combined with defibrillator

23 February 2007

Andover, Mass. USA. Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) has launched a new patient monitor that also functions as a defibrillator and can connect to the Philips IntelliVue Clinical Network.

This new functionality of the Philips HeartStart MRx enables it to serve as a wireless transport monitor/defibrillator or cardiac bedside monitor/defibrillator with built-in pacing, synchronized cardioversion and defibrillation capabilities.

The HeartStart MRx will enable hospitals to transport patients who require cardiac monitoring or therapy between departments or within the same unit without changing equipment. The MRx can also be used at the bedside in departments that would benefit from having both centralized surveillance and cardiac therapy at their fingertips.

“For the critical care environment, the ability to transport, defibrillate and view the data at a central station is the best of all worlds,” said Lynn Cochran, Director of Cardiovascular In-Patient Services at Edward Hospital and Health Services in Naperville, Ill. “And since the HeartStart MRx uses the same cables and leads as IntelliVue bedside monitors, transports are faster and easier. You just remove the cables from the bedside, plug them into the MRx and away you go.”

Michael Miller, senior vice president of Cardiac Care for Philips Medical Systems said, “Since it combines two key devices, a monitor and a defibrillator, hospital staff will have less equipment to maintain and carry, and will be able to provide constant surveillance and accurate documentation for their patients.”

The HeartStart MRx provides advanced functionality, featuring long battery-powered operating time, large colour display and fast time to shock. The IntelliVue Clinical Network is designed specifically to manage the flow of time-critical, round-the-clock patient monitoring data. The network maintains a controlled connection to exchange information on the hospital network and can also export patient data in HL7 format to a patient's electronic chart and other clinical information systems.

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