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
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.”
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.