N Manogaran
Vice President – Sales,
BPL Medical Technologies (P) Ltd.

Providing Better Healthcare Solutions

BPL offers solutions for cardiology, critical care and surgery, woman and child health, imaging, and homecare specialties. These five categories depict the technological leadership and innovation excellence of BPL Medical Technologies (P) Ltd. Through them, BPL fulfils the mission of providing better healthcare solutions at an affordable cost, so that the world is happier and healthier.

Patient monitor – trends

Patient monitors with advanced parameters and connectivity solutions are gaining importance in recent times. However, five parameter monitors are minimum need for bed-side monitoring. In last few years there is significant increase in demand for additional parameters like IBP and ETCO2. Cardiac output (CO), BIS, NMT, and gas monitoring (AGM) are few other important parameter options that are available with patient monitors. CO comes with two technologies, one with invasive and the other non-invasive. Invasive technology (thermodilution) is more in demand than non-invasive (ICG). CO has become important parameter for monitoring cardiovascular function. There are few companies offer 12-channel ECG monitoring/printing for cardiovascular monitoring.

AGM (gas monitor) module is used to measure the anesthetic and respiratory gases of the patient under anesthesia. Auto-identification of agent, MAC (minimum alveolar concentration), AWRR (air way respiration rate), Et (end tidal), and Fi (fraction inspired) values are the measuring parameters for anesthetic agent. It also provides Et and Fi values of respiratory gases CO2, O2, and N2O. Medical device providers are creating awareness programs to emphasize the importance of the above parameters monitoring for increasing patient safety and comfort. This means more users looking for patient monitors beyond basic 5 or 7 parameters. Exclusive neonatal monitor is another segment which is rise in demand with focused neonatal care centres and special wards.

Defibrillator – trends

Defibrillator is used in case of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and non-perfusing ventricular tachycardia (VT). Defibrillators of the current age come with optional parameters like NIBP, SPO2, and ETCO2 apart from AED and pacing. SPO2 and ETCO2 help in monitoring respiration of the patient during CPR process. Guidelines 2010 by AHA (American Heart Association), ERC (European Resuscitation Council) give strong recommendation on usage of CO2 monitors with a waveform in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Remote charging, easy-to-use like 1-2-3 steps, clear display, pediatric/adult paddles, quick charge time are some of the preferred features. Standalone AED have gained importance in past few years, however due to increased urbanization, there is further scope for AEDs to be installed in areas of high population density (such as malls, apartment complexes, railway stations, etc.) to avoid any death due to sudden cardiac arrest. Strict regulatory framework for mandatory installation of such life saving devices at critical places could lead to reducing life risks.

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