• Innovative anaesthesia delivery technologies designed to meet the needs of clinicians and patients showcased at Africa Health
• Technologies highlighted include:
o GE's Avance CS2 with ecoFLOW technology which assists clinicians in maintaining desired oxygen concentration and identifying unnecessarily high oxygen flow rates
o GE's Carestation 30 (1) which integrates SpO2 (the level of oxygen in the blood) and other key measurements into one anaesthesia delivery system.
DUBAI, UAE; 9 MAY, 2013: This week at Africa Health GE Healthcare is demonstrating its commitment to clinical innovation in anaesthesia delivery technologies, showcasing two new systems designed to meet the diverse needs of clinicians and patients across Africa.
Addressing the challenge of maintaining optimal oxygen concentration during surgery, GE Healthcare is showcasing the Avance* CS2 anaesthesia delivery system with new ecoFLOW technology. The Avance* CS2 helps clinicians identify unnecessarily high fresh gas flow rates, assisting clinicians to ensure target oxygen settings are achieved during surgeries, a measure critical for patient care.
Avance CS2 with ecoFLOW displays pre-set targets for inspired oxygen flow rates, and costs of liquid agent that corresponds with the set flow. Caregivers can use this information to adjust oxygen flow to maintain their desired inspired oxygen concentrations and help avoid unnecessarily high fresh gas flow rates. In addition to helping clinicians maintain patient care, the ability to reduce waste gases has both the potential to positively impact the environment and a hospital's bottom line when waste gases are reduced.
Also on show at Africa Health is the Carestation 301 anaesthesia delivery system, developed with input from clinicians in Kenya and launched globally in Africa in November 2012. The Carestation 30 features an integrated SpO2 measurement (the level of oxygen in the blood), designed for the needs of Africa and other rural healthcare settings. With several additional benefits, caregivers can also view patient data and alarm indicators on a colour display, allowing efficient access to critical information. The technology enables the following additional benefits:
• Clinical Innovation and Performance – accurate mechanical ventilation and integrated, compact breathing system with integrated SpO2 monitoring
• Excellent User Experience – compact and ergonomic with an intuitive user interface and a comprehensive training package
• Lifetime of Value – compact breathing system to minimize leaks
• Quality and Reliability – engineered for maximum reliability and minimized maintenance with an extended battery life of up to six hours
“There are tremendous challenges when it comes to routine and emergency surgery in low resource areas, like rural Africa. In the area of anesthesiology, having the right tools and equipment are vital to delivering the highest form of patient care and the safest surgery possible. Building on over 100 years of experience in anaesthesia, the Avance CS2 with ecoFLOW and Carestation 30 are designed to support clinicians at the point of care, particularly in low resource settings and ultimately, to ensure better patient outcomes,” said Farid Fezoua, President & CEO of GE Healthcare in Africa.
Fezoua added: “In Africa, where we have been present for over 100 years, GE Healthcare remains focused on localizing, scaling up and supporting healthcare infrastructure development across the continent. Through our presence at Africa Health, we are focused on bringing the best of GE's global innovations, capabilities and expertise to solve Africa's healthcare challenges. In line with this commitment, we are actively building our footprint across the continent, further localizing operations, improving our servicing capabilities and supporting local job creation, knowledge and technology transfer.”
A Gold Sponsor of Africa Health and a partner to several public and private healthcare providers across the continent, GE Healthcare is presenting its products, services and solutions in line with its focus on strengthening Africa's healthcare infrastructure. Visit GE Healthcare's stand at Africa Health being held in Johannesburg in South Africa from May 7 to 9, 2013, at the Gallagher Conventıon Center, Hall 3 No: 3E40.
From North Africa to Sub-Saharan Africa, GE Healthcare is partnering with some of the region's leading healthcare providers, including Ministries of Health and private chain customers. Today, over 25,000 GE Healthcare systems and technologies are deployed across the continent.
In parallel, via its global $6B healthymagination initiative, GE is also striving to increase access to high quality medical care to more people at lower costs. In Africa, healthymagination is contributing to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals 4 (reduce by two-thirds the under-five mortality rate) and 5 (reduce by three-fourths the maternal mortality rate) by 2015. GE remains committed to impacting access and the continuum of care in rural settings and will continue to design products and solutions leveraging ongoing research and collaborations in the global health community.