FDA clears wireless, blood pressure-monitoring finger sensor from Caretaker Medical
by Conor Hale | Sep 29, 2021 9:55am
The FDA has cleared a next-generation system to continuously monitor patients’ blood pressure while they’re undergoing surgery without the use of inflatable cuffs or invasive arterial catheters.
Attached wirelessly around the patient’s finger, Caretaker Medical’s VitalStream device aims to catch the changes in blood pressure that may occur during an operation and alert surgeons to any sudden drops or deteriorations that may complicate the patient’s recovery.
By using a low-pressure finger sensor to measure each heartbeat, the noninvasive system can deliver ICU-grade patient tracking in a variety of settings with little training and integrate with a hospital’s monitoring and records systems.
“This is our fourth FDA clearance, expanding our wireless platform and enhancing our core continuous waveform technology and artificial intelligence algorithms,” Caretaker Medical CEO Jeff Pompeo said in a statement.
The VitalStream platform improves upon the company’s previously cleared Caretaker4 wireless patient monitor by adding automated early warning scores and streamlined calibration and setup, in addition to a smaller, wearable form factor.
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