Revolutionizing Critical Care Ventilation
A vision drives Hamilton Medical: we provide better ventilation care to critically ill patients and unburden the people who care for them.
Facing the challenges in critical care
Critical care today is confronted with a widening gap between demand and supply (Angus 2000). In addition, patient safety has become a global priority in the past decade (Chan 2012). As a result, many clinicians are under pressure to provide a higher quality of care to an increasing number of complex patients with limited resources. As a specialized manufacturer of ventilation solutions, Hamilton Medical strives to support clinicians facing these challenges.
Intelligent Ventilation since 1983
To face these challenges, since 1983 Hamilton Medical has been developing intelligent ventilation solutions that provide safer care for critically ill patients and make life easier for the people who care for them. Today, Hamilton Medical is a leading manufacturer of critical care ventilation solutions for a wide variety of patient populations, applications, and environments.
From outer space to ICUs
Inspired by a discussion with a NASA physician about the future of medicine, Steve Hamilton, one of the company owners, developed the vision of a “Ventilation Autopilot” – an intelligent ventilator that increases patient safety and reduces clinicians’ workload, but leaves the clinician in command. Around this time, Swiss engineer Josef Brunner was working at NASA to develop an automated ventilator for an ICU in the International Space Station. When the project was cancelled, Brunner returned to Switzerland and was hired by Hamilton to head the research and development team for the “Ventilation Autopilot”.
From vision to reality
The research and development for the “Ventilation Autopilot” resulted in the release of Adaptive Support Ventilation (ASV®) in 1997 – now standard on all Hamilton Medical ventilators – and the next-generation evolution INTELLiVENT®-ASV in 2010. These two unique ventilation modes automatically employ lung-protective strategies to minimize complications and encourage patients to breathe spontaneously – thus improving patient safety and comfort and reducing ventilation time. In addition, they reduce workload for the clinicans.
Working with dedication
Medical Research Engineer
Hamilton Medical AG, Bonaduz, Switzerland
Since I started working for Hamilton Medical in 1987, I have been fascinated by the topic of ventilation and the development of technologies that serve mankind by helping sick people to heal as quickly as possible.
Owned by a visionary family
Hamilton Medical is a family-owned business run by the second and third generation of the Hamilton family. It has always been the vision of the Hamiltons to employ technology to serve mankind. To pursue this vision, the family enabled Hamilton Medical to invest in a long-term strategy for the benefit of patients and clinicians without being focused on short-term profit. The long-term view of the owners also allowed Hamilton Medical to invest in a next-generation manufacturing facility in Switzerland.
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