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CareFusion Highlights Patient Safety, Actionable Data, Emergency Preparedness at American Association for Respiratory Care Congress

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CareFusion (NYSE: CFN), a leading global medical technology company, today unveiled new products and highlighted the patient safety benefits of its ventilation and respiratory technology portfolio at the 59th International Respiratory Convention and Exhibition of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress.


CareFusion provides a comprehensive respiratory portfolio that can help clinicians optimize workflow efficiencies, support best practice strategies, promote patient use compliance and turn extensive data into actionable information.

"CareFusion takes a comprehensive look at our customers' respiratory needs across their hospitals and health systems to implement the right respiratory and ventilation systems for each of their unique goals and priorities," said Kevin Ketzel, general manager Respiratory Technologies for CareFusion. "We have tools to simplify the vast amounts of data generated by ventilators and respiratory devices, which creates a dashboard to improve both patient safety and compliance to best practice protocols."

New products on display include the Ventilator Associated Event (VAE) application for the CareFusion Respiratory Knowledge Portal. This new technology provides a dashboard that displays near-real time patient condition baselines, reporting thresholds and markers of protocol anomalies in an easy-to-read format. The VAE app makes information available to enable clinicians to see what patients are at risk of developing a ventilator associated condition as defined by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) new standards and definitions for surveillance of ventilator-associated events (VAE), including ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). 

"Mission Regional's focus on continuous quality improvement for ventilated patients using CareFusion's Respiratory Knowledge Portal gave us an invaluable opportunity to improve outcomes for ventilator patients and foster unprecedented cross-functional teamwork," said Susan Barlow, MHA, RRT, NPS, CPFT, CPHQ, director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Mission Regional Medical Center in Mission, Texas. "The VAE app on the CareFusion Knowledge Portal has brought Mission Regional efficient and concurrent surveillance of multiple reports presented in near real-time – a comprehensive bedside view from our office."

Also being launched at the show is the AirLife® Misty Fast disposable small-volume nebulizer (SVN) that delivers efficacious drug (drug within respirable range of one to five microns) significantly faster than four other SVNs tested, according to a CareFusion study. The study also found the rate of inhaled efficacious drug and the inhaled respirable mass per breath were both significantly higher for the AirLife Misty Fast SVN than the other SVNs tested.

The AirLife® manual self-inflating resuscitation devices II are also on display for the first time at the AARC Congress. The devices are designed with a lightweight textured bag for secure handling and user comfort. The clear valve housing provides an unobstructed view of the valve operation while the 360 degree swivel connector helps improve device positioning for patients. The oxygen tubing includes a universal connector for easy connection to an oxygen source.

For pulmonary function testing, CareFusion is unveiling the new Vmax® Vyntus SPIRO, that works with a stationary PC within your facility, and configures with a laptop computer transforming it into a portable and precise spirometry station. The versatile Vmax Vyntus SPIRO integrates fully and takes advantage of the new workflow and quality driven SentrySuite® software from CareFusion.

In addition to its portfolio of ventilators and respiratory products in the exhibit booth, CareFusion's LTV® Series ventilators will be highlighted in a hands-on workshop on emergency preparedness at the Congress. The lightweight, low profile design of the LTV Ventilator incorporated into the LTV Rolling GoPack makes it ideal for portability and emergency situations where critical care invasive and non-invasive ventilation features are needed.

To learn more about CareFusion's ventilation and respiratory portfolio, visit CareFusion at booth #421. The AARC Congress is being held tomorrow through Tuesday at the Anaheim Convention Center.

About CareFusion Corporation

CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) is a global corporation serving the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve the safety and quality of care. The company develops industry-leading technologies including Alaris® infusion pumps, Pyxis® automated dispensing and patient identification systems, AVEA®, AirLife® and LTV® series ventilation and respiratory products, ChloraPrep® products, MedMined® services for data mining surveillance, V. Mueller® surgical instruments, and an extensive line of products that support interventional medicine. CareFusion employs approximately 15,000 people across its global operations. More information may be found at




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