Improving the weaning process of ventilated patients
When treating a patient with artificial respiration, the usual strategy is to minimise invasiveness and duration of mechanical ventilation to avoid lung damage and further complications. In particular, long-term ventilated patients can get so accustomed to a ventilator that weaning them off it becomes a major task. Every ventilated patient must be weaned, making weaning protocols a good target for automation. Dräger SmartCare®/PS is an integrated automated clinical protocol designed to shorten weaning – improving patient outcome while freeing up valuable time for caregivers.
“The real problem is that clinicians and nursing staff need to take an adequate amount of time to ensure that they do not miss an opportunity to advance the weaning stage. This often proves difficult as the focus is frequently on the provision of acute medical care for patients.”
Prof. Phillipe Jolliet – CHUV, Lausanne