Navigation Links
Children's Hospital Oakland is first pediatric hospital to use 'laboratory-on-a-card' technology
Date:4/23/2009

April 20, 2009-Oakland, Calif.- Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland is the first children's hospital in the country to use groundbreaking technology that could revolutionize the way blood is analyzed at pediatric hospitals. This new method uses smart-card technology, similar to that used in some debit or credit cards at the supermarket or gas station, to read a child's blood sample.

The procedure starts with a respiratory therapist who takes a tiny finger stick sample of patient blood at bedside and places it on the diagnostic card. The card is slipped into a handheld wireless card reader or "host mobile computer" and blood gases are immediately analyzed. The respiratory therapist, along with the medical team, can quickly adjust the child's ventilator or other life support device settings, based on the nearly instantaneous measurements.

"What it's allowed us to do is be more efficient, effective and safe," said Katie Sabato, RRT, MS, director of respiratory care at Children's Hospital. She and her colleagues are convinced the new system could become an iPhone-like success story. What used to take 30 minutes to analyze and report, now takes 3 minutes.

Respiratory therapists at Children's Hospital Oakland do about 20,000 point-of-care blood gas and electrolyte measurements a year. "We are always interested in being in the forefront of making the best technology available for children," said Vivienne Newman, MD, clinical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a veteran Children's Hospital intensivist. "We're always looking to see if there's new technology that will make running the ICU more efficient and more child-friendly, allow us to minimize discomfort and maximize our results, and make measurement as accurate as possible, while ensuring patient safety."

Children's Hospital Oakland collaborated with Epocal, the Canadian-based biomedical device manufacturer, to successfully modify and fine-tune the equipment, originally developed for adults. Since the collaborative improvements, there are now at least two other children's hospitals in the country using the new technology.


'/>"/>

Contact: Diana Yee
dyee@mail.cho.org
510-428-3120
Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Research could lead to new non-antibiotic drugs to counter hospital infections
2. Mount Sinai Hospital researcher makes stem cell breakthrough
3. International copper industry defines role in the fight against hospital infections
4. Childrens Hospital scientists achieve repair of injured heart muscle in lab tests of stem cells
5. Rhode Island Hospital simulation center examines benefits and applications of medical simulation
6. First results from hospital trials testing
7. Field-hospital-on-a-chip project awarded to nanoengineer from UC San Diego
8. Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital expand national childrens study to Bristol County
9. Childrens Hospital researchers identify genetic mutation that may predict organ rejection
10. Rhode Island Hospital study finds link between obesity, type 2 diabetes and neurodegeneration
11. Childrens Memorial Hospital of Chicago receives a grant from BioMarin to support adult PKU outreach
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/26/2016)... LONDON , April 26, 2016 ... EdgeVerve Systems, a product subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: ... a partnership to integrate the Onegini mobile security ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151104/283829LOGO ) The ... enhanced security to access and transact across channels. ...
(Date:4/15/2016)... 2016  A new partnership announced today will ... decisions in a fraction of the time it ... high-value life insurance policies to consumers without requiring ... Force Diagnostics, rapid testing (A1C, Cotinine and HIV) ... pressure, weight, pulse, BMI, and activity data) available ...
(Date:4/13/2016)... physicians supporting Medicaid patients in Central Florida ... telehealth thanks to a new partnership with higi.   ... can routinely track key health measurements, such as blood ... they opt in, share them with IMPOWER clinicians through ... location at no cost. By leveraging this data, IMPOWER ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... ... Weeks after hosting a carpal tunnel syndrome workshop with Dr. Oz on the ... the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute, has announced the addition of MRI diagnostic imaging services on ... 1 of about 3 currently available in the United States. Developed specifically for the ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... May 26, 2016  Agriculture nutrients are in the ... Iowa is running their nitrate removal system ... Erie and coastal regions nationwide are painting ... this widespread issue. NECi Superior Enzymes, a ... Peninsula, developed a new, easy to use device that ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... today announced several positive developments that position the Company for the future. ... the transaction, Craig F. Kinghorn has been appointed Chairman of the Board, Curtis ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Founder ... double board-certified in surgery and surgery of the hand by the National Board ... stranger to going above and beyond in his pursuit of providing the most ...
Breaking Biology Technology: