Philips a global leader in health technology, announced an addition to its remote patient monitoring suite during the COVID-19 emergency. The new wireless Avalon CL Fetal and Maternal Pod and Patch aim to reduce unnecessary physical interactions between clinicians and patients. The patch includes Philips perinatal analytics, and visualization software as well as an ultra-portable battery-operated fetal monitor.
Up to half a million women may deliver their babies while infected with COVID-19 in 2020. Additionally, pregnant women are interested in ways they can minimize their time in a hospital to limit their exposure to the disease.
The Fetal and Maternal Pod and Patch allow for continuous, non-invasive monitoring of:
- Maternal heart rate
- Fetal heart rate
- Uterine activity
With a single-use, 48-hour, disposable electrode patch placed on the mother’s abdomen. The patch is designed to be placed on the patient by a clinician only once and require no frequent repositioning.
Peter Ziese, General Manager, Monitoring & Analytics at Philips said, “Philips has been dedicated to providing the best quality care for expectant mothers for more than fifty years. This new solution builds on our commitment to provide integrated continuous monitoring capabilities for high risk pregnancies. With this new patch, clinicians now have access to an innovative tool to help monitor pregnant women during COVID-19, helping to deliver comfort to these mothers during a particularly stressful time”.
Prof. Dr. Diogo Ayres-de-Campos, University of Lisbon, and President-Elect of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine (EAPM) said, “The fact that the new sensors are disposable and don’t require constant repositioning has been particularly useful for us in the peak of the COVID-19 wave in March and April in Lisbon”.
The Philips OB solution consists of the Avalon Fetal monitoring portfolio, featuring Philips proprietary Smart Pulse technology, and an obstetrical information management system for continuous data flow to the EMR, which includes:
- The Avalon Fetal and Maternal Pod and Patch
- Avalon CL Transducer System
- IntelliSpace Perinatal
Philips has a comprehensive portfolio of services and solutions which can help to support the delivery of high-quality care to COVID-19 patients with secure, connected and intelligent approaches to diagnosis, treatment and predictive monitoring.
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