Patient Safety In The Operating Room: Dräger Atlan® - Dräger Atlan A350 and A350 XL help ensure patient safety in the operating room

Patient Safety In The Operating Room: Dräger Atlan®

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An ingenious way to ensure safety in complex procedures

Our Atlan family of devices makes complexity manageable with an air of simplicity. They make it easier to provide safety and flexibility in an extremely complex working environment, enabling anaesthesia care teams to quickly master suddenly escalating situations, with complete confidence. They ensure maximum patient safety and operational ease by providing clinicians with real-time information at the point of need: a simply ingenious way to address patient safety in the operating room. That's why we are Your Specialist in Acute Care.

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When flexibility is vital: Dräger Atlan

At heart, the Dräger Atlan A350 and A350 XLare focused on simplifying work procedures for both clinical staff and biomedical engineers – enabling them to address every challenge with ease. The Atlan system is innovative and flexible, offering maximum efficiency in performance and costs.

  • Tailored workstations with highly flexible setup options incorporate patient monitoring, IT and 3rd party components – e.g. infusion pumps.
  • Workstations are compatible for all surgical procedures and spatial conditions. They are also available in wall- and ceiling-mounted variants.
  • Standardised installations ease fleet management and reduce training effort for clinical staff. Know one, know them all.

Our quality is the result of extreme testing

How do you truly build quality? We believe it starts with understanding technology at its fundamental core. Designing rugged quality into a product is one thing – but you also need to make sure that the result stands up to the toughest reality. Our anaesthesia devices are subjected to countless stress tests and countless hours of operation, pushing the benchmark for quality and durability further and further.

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Patient safety: our passion for safety has no limits

Thinking ahead in order to prevent the unforeseeable, to ensure safety features work well when it counts, that’s the development challenge that our engineers embrace with a passion. Our aim is to perfectly orchestrate the ease of use and technical implementation of critical safety features. Our technology demonstrates its strengths when needed the most – helping you stay in control in the most unpredictable situations, no matter what the scenario. Because patient safety has no limits.

From passion to passion

Our product development specialists talk about why ease-of-use and instinctive design are essential for patient safety.

Perioperative patient safety

Even though anaesthetic mortality has undoubtedly declined over the past decades, morbidity related to anaesthesia and the entire perioperative period remains significant. Anaesthetists are in a key position to take the lead in this respect. PD Dr.Sven Staender, head of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Hospital Männedorf, Switzerland and Dr. Friedrich, head of the simulation centre at Hannover University Hospital, shares their views on important ways in which anaesthesiologists can improve surgical safety for patients and how simulation can help. 

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Watch the interview with PD Dr. Staender, Hospital Männedorf, Switzerland

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Watch the interview with Dr. Freidrich, University Hospital of Hannover, Germany

What exactly makes the Atlan family so safe?

Atlan provides a system of safety features that instils confidence in caregivers by easing daily routines and helping to safeguard against unforeseen situations.

Dräger Atlan A350/A350 XL

Dräger Atlan A350/A350 XL: a deeper look

Get more information and detail on the comprehensive set of clinical features and proven ventilation quality that make Atlan the ideal anaesthesia workstation for all patients and surgical procedures.

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Safe operation – anytime

  • An intuitive and standardised user interface means secure handling even under stress.
  • Support tools lead to informed decision-making in complex situations.
  • Hose mismatch control reduces chance of mix-up between inspiratory and expiratory connections.

Safe operation – anytime

  • An automated self-test puts an end to lengthy and cumbersome self-test procedures and the pre-test checklist is enhanced with easy-to-understand illustrations.
  • The self-test procedure complies with national anaesthesia society guidelines (e.g. AAGBI & DGAI)
  • Ready to go when finished: the automatic self-test includes all relevant components.

Thorough preparation

  • Backup Manual Mode provides a smart fallback level. Anaesthetists can switch on and take over manual control, anytime. 
  • Continued ventilation even in case of flow sensor or gas supply failure.
  • In case of power failure, smart energy management ensures maximum battery operation time.

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Whitepaper: human error in anaesthesia
Human error in anaesthesia whitepaper

Get an extensive overview of the topic plus insights for deeper discussion on why we should take a closer look at human error. Learn how we can begin to improve the situation.

Infographic: human error in anaesthesia
Human error in anaesthesia infographic

Human error in anaesthesia can lead to critical perioperative incidents. Take a look at some interesting figures related to the topic.

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Lung protection: continuously improving ventilation performance

Over the last several years, it has become a well-established fact that general anaesthesia, although considered safe, may impair the respiratory system. Muscle paralysis, airway management, mechanical ventilation, patient position and surgery are contributing factors – individually or in combination – and may lead to complications. Prevention is better than a cure, that’s why the Atlan focuses on protective lung ventilation.

Our passion for gentle lung ventilation technologies

What do trumpets or saxophones have to do with protective mechanical ventilation? Probably more than you might expect. Precise flow and pressure application, ensuring drive and gas exchange as well as keeping the right timing - combined with smart background intelligence-resulting in a fantastic outcome for both the audiophile audience as well as surgical patients. Watch our anaesthesia system designers giving insights into their passion for precise ventilation and background intelligence in anaesthesia ventilators.

Why lung protective ventilation matters for every patient

Mechanical ventilation is a potentially harmful intervention. Watch Dr. Ary Serpa Neto explain why he became interested in lung protective ventilation. From the first “mind-blowing” studies he read, to strategies for improving patient outcomes in the ICU and OR. He shares how easy it is to implement such strategies in clinical practice.

Built-in lung protection

Atlan incorporates a system of functionalities to protect every patient’s lungs from unintentional high tidal volumes, inspiratory pressures and other potentially harmful conditions. It protects the lungs at different levels and enables a comprehensive protective ventilation strategy.

Dräger Atlan A350/A350 XL

Dräger Atlan A350/A350 XL: a deeper look

Get more information and detail on the comprehensive set of clinical features and proven ventilation quality that make Atlan the ideal anaesthesia workstation for all patients and surgical procedures.

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ICU-like ventilation

  • Protective ventilation can lead to fewer pulmonary complications and shorter hospital stays2.
  • Active PEEP maintains pressure during spontaneous inspiration and leakages.
  • Excellent trigger sensitivity eases spontaneous breathing.
  • Electronic piston ventilator delivers highly precise tidal volumes even for neonates
  • Tidal volume application is independent from fresh gas flow (fresh gas coupling)

Safe low-flow anaesthesia

  • Low fresh gas flows humidify and warm breathing gas to protect lungs.
  • Econometer display provides visualisation of fresh gas flow efficiency.
  • Active heating prevents rain-out and warms breathing gas.
  • Leak-tight breathing system reduces gas losses to a minimum.
  • Sample gas recirculation eliminates inbuilt leakage.

Background intelligence

  • Background algorithms improve ventilation quality without user interaction.
  • Expiratory resistance reduced during controlled breathing – automatically adapting the ventilator to patient exhalation.
  • Automatic adaptation of system volume matches patient’s needs, resulting in a quick response to gas changes.
  • Automatically-activated MAC-low alarm helps prevent unintended patient awareness.
  • Comfortable and easy switch between vent modes with smart transfer of vent settings.
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Lung protective ventilation improves outcomes and saves costs

Recent studies show that a lung protective ventilation approach during general anaesthesia can contribute to reduced postoperative pulmonary complications and thus improve patient outcome. In addition to improved clinical outcome, protective ventilation during general anaesthesia has also a considerable influence on the cost of therapy. Take a look at our interactive infographic, which focuses on the clinical as well as the financial added values which can be yielded by the application of protective ventilation during general anaesthesia.

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Test your knowledge on LPV in our quiz!

Did you know that lung protective strategies may have substantial benefits like less morbidity and mortality as well as decreased costs? Let’s see how much you already know.

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Lung protective ventilation

Discover the latest scientific findings about protective ventilation and see how our ventilation technologies can support you with deploying individual protective strategies.

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Cybersecurity: staying resilient against cyber threats

As technology makes patient care more effective and efficient at the same time, we need to make sure our devices stand the test of time. And this also includes addressing security vulnerabilities. We at Dräger take cybersecurity very seriously and  consider cybersecurity from the beginning of the development process.

Courage to fill the gap

Our product security specialist talks about managing cybersecurity using team involvement and education.

Do you think hospitals don’t get hacked?

IT security expert and ethical hacker, Florian Grunow, talks about the current threat digitisation imposes on hospitals. Although data breaches seem to be the predominant incidents, hacking a medical device with life support function has become a realistic scenario. While professionally auditing a hospital network Grunow, he himself succeeded in hacking an anaesthesia device and was able to gain access to treatment functions.

Secure systems start with secure medical devices

Computer-based, networked medical technology is becoming an integral part of overall clinical care. As a result, hospital networks are increasingly becoming targets of dangerous and damaging cyberattacks. To combat this, the Atlan anaesthesia workstation was designed with security in mind.

Dräger Atlan A350/A350 XL

Dräger Atlan A350/A350 XL: a deeper look

Get more information and detail on the comprehensive set of clinical features and proven ventilation quality that make Atlan the ideal anaesthesia workstation for all patients and surgical procedures.

Product details

Cybersecurity best practices

  • We strive to embed cybersecurity best practices deeply into our development processes.
  • We established a dedicated cybersecurity team.
  • We train development engineers in cybersecurity practices and secure coding.
  • We maintain a list of security requirements for our products to develop secure architectures.

Comprehensive security testing

  • Independent security experts conduct professional penetration tests.
  • Internal security experts conduct vulnerability assessments and threat analyses where applicable.
  • The product security team assesses emerging threats and publishes helpful advisories in a timely manner.
  • Transparent product security information can support customer‘s risk management.
  • Whitepapers summarising important security information are available for an increasing number of products.

Hardened system architecture

  • Hardening our systems to help minimise the attack surface
  • Consistent omission of unnecessary software components reduces exploitable vulnerabilities.
  • While therapy functions are in use,many ports, e.g. service ports, are closed.
  • Technical separation of functional and network components in therapy devices realised in an increasing number of products.

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Cybersecurity in healthcare

As medical devices become more interconnected, they also become more vulnerable. Learn more about how we are helping to make sure that cybersecurity risks are mitigated throughout the entire product lifecycle.

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Infection prevention: building hygiene into design

When it comes to hygiene reprocessing in medical devices, you cannot wait until the end of the development phase. Right from the conceptual phase, you have to purposefully design hygiene in. By doing this, we take patient safety to a higher level—to avoid the unexpected as much as possible.

Rethinking hygiene design

Our chemical engineering specialist provides insights into how we implement hygienic reprocessing into the design of our products.

Infection prevention is a global thing

Anyone can be the instigator of change, says Prof. Didier Pittet, external lead of the WHO campaign "Clean Care is Safer Care" and infectious disease specialist at the Geneva University Hospital. In this interview, Prof. Pittet provides insights into the relevance of infection prevention for hospitals and the challenges that are encountered when trying to implement respective measures and strategies.

Breaking the chain of infection

Breaking the chain of infection is an important step in preventing nosocomial infections. Each infected patient can cause additional costs of up to €17,5001­­. Medical technology needs to support care providers in their goal of effectively reducing infection rates.

Dräger Atlan A350/A350 XL

Dräger Atlan A350/A350 XL: a deeper look

Get more information and detail on the comprehensive set of clinical features and proven ventilation quality that make Atlan the ideal anaesthesia workstation for all patients and surgical procedures.

Product details

Built-in infection prevention

  • Effective cleaning processes result in reprocessing friendly device components.
  • Tool-free and quick disassembly of breathing systems increase compliance with hygiene standard operating procedures.
  • Parts and materials are designed to be effectively cleaned and disinfected with existing reprocessing standards.
  • Heated breathing system reduces rain-out and subsequent accumulation of fluid that may promote germ growth.

Our single-use consumables

  • Our consumables help minimise the risk of infection.
  • They are tested to ensure optimal performance of Dräger devices while preventing nosocomial infections.
  • Pack2Go consumable packs support lean processes.

Tidy workplace design

  • Easy-to-tidy anaesthesia workstations enable quick and effective cleaning.
  • Cables can be easily stowed away to reduce area for germ growth.
  • Smooth and rounded surface ease frequent cleaning/wipe-disinfection.
  • Cleaning agent resistant materials ensure high durability.
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Infection Prevention & Control in Hospitals

Our devices are optimised to effectively break the chain of infection, due to their design and range of matching disposable accessories and consumables.

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2 Fernandez-Bustamante A et al., Postoperative Pulmonary Complications, Early Mortality, and Hospital Stay Following Noncardiothoracic Surgery: A Multicenter Study by the Perioperative Research Network Investigators., JAMA Surg. 2017 Feb 1;152(2):157-166. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2016.4065.