Intelligent humidification with the new HAMILTON-H900

01.10.2016

Following successful 510(k) clearance, Hamilton Medical's new active humidifier is now available to customers in the US. With improved ergonomics, ease of use, and facilitated handling, the HAMILTON-H900 makes humidification one less thing to worry about in critical care.

As a manufacturer of Intelligent Ventilation solutions, Hamilton Medical provides caregivers with technologies that allow them to focus on the important aspects of patient care. Expanding the Intelligent Ventilation concept to devices directly involved in critical care ventilation was the next logical step.

“Humidification is an important part of respiratory care. When we developed the HAMILTON-H900 humidifier, we talked to many clinicians to understand what they would improve in conventional humidification,” explains Jens Hallek, President of Hamilton Medical.

Their most frequent requests were easier handling of circuits, cables and connections, an improved user interface, reduction of rain-out, and increased safety. The HAMILTON-H900 is aimed specifically at improving these aspects of humidification.

Handling

The HAMILTON-H900 comprises only two components, which are delivered preassembled and ready to use: The wall-heated breathing circuit including the all-in-one connectors, integrated temperature probe, water refill tube, Y-piece, and water chamber, and the humidifier base with the user interface and the heating plate.

This saves time, increases efficiency, and facilitates the handling of the humidifier, as well as reducing the risk of contamination. There is no longer any need to worry about extra cables to connect or disconnect, and the caregiver simply has to slide the water chamber into the humidifier and connect the breathing circuit to the patient.

Rain-out and temperature control

The breathing circuits for the HAMILTON-H900 integrate the heater wires into the circuit wall. This eliminates the cold interface between heated breathing gas and ambient temperatures, and leads to significantly reduced condensation in the breathing circuit.

To ensure the humidification therapy is perfectly adapted to the individual patient and environmental conditions, the HAMILTON-H900 humidifier allows for manual adjustment of the chamber temperature and temperature gradient. Excess condensation in the tubing can thus be avoided by adjusting the temperature gradient.

By reducing the need to open the circuit to drain condensate, the HAMILTON-H900 minimizes the potential for the spread of pathogens associated with the development of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

Ergonomic and intuitive user interface

Due to the ergonomic design, the user interface can easily be seen and operated from a standing position, and provides all the information the caregiver needs at a glance. The large, high-contrast LCD display provides excellent readability, even in direct sunlight.

Alarms are displayed with self-explanatory icons on the LCD display, and can be heard and seen from afar thanks to the bright alarm lamps and audible alarm.

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