Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria and viruses. Inhaling or aspirating foreign matter or toxic substances in the lungs will cause it. Approximately 50,000 people die each year in the U.S. from this disease.
Pneumonia Prevalent in the ICU
Disease rates in ICUs’ are alarmingly high and life threatening. It originates in ICU ventilators and feeding tubes. Moreover, Senior citizens display higher rates. ART MEDICAL, a company based in Netanya, Israel, has developed a technology that prevents aspiration and ventilator associated pneumonia.
Tube-related reflux and secretion cause aspiration and ventilator associated disease. Currently, the ICU monitors patients manually and therefore often miss significant changes. On the other hand, the ART MEDICAL system monitors gastric reflux, saliva, and urine in real time and Staff immediately detects and treats aspiration and food regurgitation issues.
Data show that the Art Medical system saves lives, lowers hospitalization costs, and reduces ICU stays. The company is currently expanding research and will submit for FDA approval.