Philips is adding two new models (FM40 and FM50) to its successful Avalon line of monitors. Here’s what the press release touts:
Philips understands that patient comfort is extremely important, so the Avalon transducers are constructed with a softer material which adds to the comfort of the mother during antepartum and labor and delivery monitoring. The large, external display allows the family of the patient to become more involved in the birth experience since they can more easily view what is going on at all times; and for obstetricians and nurse/midwives to be able to view pertinent patient information at a distance . The ability to interface the FM40 and FM50 with the Avalon Cordless Transducer System (CTS) allows the mother to be mobile while she and her baby are being continuously monitored.
The Philips Avalon FM40 and FM50 provide clinicians with advanced, intuitive technologies to care for expectant mothers and their babies. As with the rest of the Avalon fetal-maternal monitoring family, vital patient data is continuously captured by the built-in data buffer system with the added capability of selective data printout, which reduces the risk of data loss. The monitors also feature “smart” transducers with universal plug and play connectors to enhance ease of use. Replacement parts, such as the cables, can be exchanged easily without having to replace an entire unit, reducing the cost of service.
The Philips Avalon FM40 antepartum monitor provides an extensive set of external monitoring capabilities, such as external monitoring of uterine activity, up to three fetal heart rates and fetal movement profile (FMP) via ultrasound. The Avalon FM50 intrapartum monitor includes the external monitoring capabilities of the FM40 and internal fetal measurements including fetal heart rate via direct fetal ECG and intrauterine pressure. Both monitors provide monitoring of maternal blood pressure, SpO2, maternal ECG and maternal heart rate. Both fetal and maternal ECG waves can be displayed on the screen. These new high-end intrapartum and antepartum monitors easily integrate with Philips’ obstetrical information system, OB TraceVue, as well as other information systems.