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Respiratory Monitoring with PulmoVista 500 - Respiratory Monitoring with PulmoVista 500

Respiratory Monitoring with PulmoVista 500

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PulmoVista 500, the electrical impedance tomography (EIT) system from Dräger, visualises respiratory functions directly at the patient's bedside, providing continuous, regional information about the distribution of ventilation in the lungs. This opens up the option for completely new ventilation strategies for you as an intensive care specialist. Using the EIT pulmonary monitor, you can individually adjust ventilation parameters and therapeutic measures to meet the patient's needs, resulting in a more protective ventilation. As such, PulmoVista 500 can contribute to a significant reduction in ventilator-associated lung injuries.

PulmoVista 500 Basics

Get a live report out of the lung! Pulmonary monitoring with PulmoVista 500.

How to get a live report out of the lung

How can you see signs of VILI in real-time and maybe avoid ARDS? Watch the video and see how the PulmoVista 500 can help you to find the right respiratory therapy for your patient.

Learn about pulmonary monitoring in 150 seconds

Bedside respiratory monitoring: PulmoVista 500

PulmoVista at a glance

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The ‘Diagnostic View‘ of the PulmoVista 500

Tutorial video about the new Diagnostic View of PulmoVista 500

How it works

Watch the video for a brief introduction on the preparation, operation and results of the PEEP trial analysis provided by the Diagnostic View.

Esophageal Pressure Measurement and Transpulmonary Monitoring

Transpulmonary Pressure Monitoring by Dräger

For the best individual ventilation strategy, you need to have access to the full clinical picture which consists of various sources of information.

Watch the video and learn how you can come one step closer to this picture with the Dräger PressurePod and the monitoring of Transpulmonary Pressure.

Experiences and References

Electrical impedance technology (EIT) with PulmoVista 500 has become a part of everyday clinical work in many leading intensive care units around the world. Find out why users have chosen this innovative technology, and learn about their experiences. When should you use the PulmoVista 500? In which clinical scenarios is the device most advantageous? For which patients, lung conditions, or complications is EIT suitable? Does using EIT really make a difference? Find out the answers to all these questions below, from the people who work with PulmoVista 500 every day.

User Insight: Decision Drivers for PulmoVista 500 - St.Joseph's Healthcare

Decision Drivers for PulmoVista 500

Learn why the Canadian ventilation expert have chosen PulmoVista 500:

User Insight: Working with PulmoVista 500 - St.Joseph's Healthcare

Working with PulmoVista 500 - St.Joseph's Healthcare

Through PulmoVista 500 we receive direct regional information. This helps us to decide how a patient needs to be treated to achieve optimal results.”, says the Respiratory Therapist Thomas Piraino – learn more about their daily clinical routine with EIT:

User Insight: Education with PulmoVista 500 - St.Joseph's Healthcare

Education with PulmoVista 500

The availability of ventilation distribution information in real-time offers in addition very good training and education opportunities. Find out how the Canadian team makes use of this:

Clinical Evidence

Numerous scientific studies and case reports prove that electrical impedance tomography (EIT) strongly contributes to more individualised and protective ventilation for intensive care patients. An increasing number of respiratory specialists worldwide are using this innovative technology to great effect and sharing their experiences within the growing EIT community.

Improved outcome with PulmoVista

Dalla Corte F et al., 2020

“EIT enables dynamic bedside assessment of the physiologic effects of prone positioning and might support early recognition of ARDS patients more likely to benefit from prone positioning.” ⁴

Liu K et al., 2019

“PEEP values determined with EIT effectively improved oxygenation and lung mechanics.“ ⁵

Zhao Z et al., 2019

“… the EIT-guided PEEP titration may be associated with improved oxygenation, compliance, driving pressure, and weaning success rate.“ ⁶

Kotani T et al., 2016

PulmoVista 500 helps to reduce VILI. ⁷

Electrical impedance tomography: On its way to gold standard?

Electrical impedance tomography: On its way to gold standard?


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  2. Bellani G., Teggia-Droghi M.; Assessment of VILI Risk During Spontaneous Breathing and Assisted Mechanical Ventilation. In: Vincent JL. (eds) Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2020. Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. Springer, Cham
  3. Bellani et al., ‘Epidemiology, Patterns of Care, and Mortality for Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Intensive Care Units in 50 Countries’, JAMA, vol. 315, Feb. 2016.
  4. Dalla Corte et al.; Dynamic bedside assessment of the physiologic effects of prone position in acute respiratory distress syndrome patients by electrical impedance tomography; Minerva Anestesiol. 2020; 10.23736/S0375-9393.20.14130-0
  5. Liu et al.; PEEP guided by electrical impedance tomography during one-lung ventilation in elderly patients undergoing thoracoscopic surgery; Ann Transl Med 2019;7(23):757
  6. Zhao et al.; Positive end expiratory pressure titration with electrical impedance tomography and pressure–volume curve in severe acute respiratory distress syndrome; Ann. Intensive Care (2019) 9:7
  7. Kotani et al., ‘Electrical impedance tomography-guided prone positioning in a patient with acute cor pulmonale associated with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome’, J. Anesth., vol. 30, Feb. 2016.

Scientific publications on EIT

What's the latest news about electrical impedance tomography from scientific research in publications and studies? We constantly monitor numerous scientific sources and present you with the latest in EIT research.

EIT Literature List 2019
Literature List 2019
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EIT Literature List 2018
Literature List 2018
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EIT Literature List 2019
Literature List 2017
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EIT Booklet
EIT Booklet
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Dräger PulmoVista® 500

Dräger PulmoVista® 500

Making ventilation visible. Put the power of Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) to work for you and your patients. With the PulmoVista® 500, you can visualise regional air distribution within the lungs – non-invasive, in real time and directly at

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