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About us. A quick peek

Impressions of Hamilton Medical employees and devices Impressions of Hamilton Medical employees and devices

With you all the way. For better ventilation therapy

We have made it our mission to make the jobs of medical teams easier, and their workflow even more effective. Driven by genuine passion and dedication to the cause. We are grateful that our expertise and innovative strength help us make a contribution – one that can really make a difference.

We are a multinational team, each of us with specific knowledge and a special skill-set. However, our work is equally dependent on you, our customers, and your experience. Together, we work day after day to improve mechanical ventilation therapy for your patients.

Headquarter Domat/Ems in Switzerland Headquarter Domat/Ems in Switzerland
Intubated patient lies on the left side of the bed. Several people are standing next to a ventilator on the right side.

Our passion. Intelligent Ventilation solutions

We want to help our fellow humans - with ventilation technologies that are safe, effective, and lung-protective. And we want to lessen the load for those who make extraordinary efforts every day, helping seriously ill patients fight their way back to health.

That is why we are committed to helping medical teams deliver the best respiratory care – to anyone, anywhere. Ever since we were founded in 1983, our focus has been on supporting the frontline heroes of critical care.

That commitment is present in everything we do.

Annette Dusek Uwe Scherzer Claudia Auth Vinay Rana

Company voices

My motivation to work for Hamilton Medical comes from the company’s dedication to its employees and the dedication to true patient care.

Annette Dusek

Office Manager
Part of the team since 1993

Company voices

With our products and solutions, we focus on patient well-being and easier workloads for healthcare professionals. Knowing that all my colleagues share this same commitment is an amazing feeling.

Uwe Scherzer

Product Manager
Part of the team since 2019

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Supplying life-saving equipment around the world and helping patients even in rural areas. That’s my purpose and what motivates me to find solutions together with our local teams.

Claudia Auth

Sales Support Manager
Part of the team since 2016

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I find great satisfaction in supporting hospitals to ensure uninterrupted patient care through our service network. The constant technological updates from Hamilton Medical, which allow me to fulfill this mission, drive me every single day,

Vinay Rana

Service Engineer
Part of the team since 2020

Bob Hamilton and Jens Hallek stand to the left and right side of a HAMILTON-C6

Our management. A tried and tested team

For many years now, there have been two people leading the charge at Hamilton Medical: Bob Hamilton and Jens Hallek.

Bob Hamilton is our CEO. As the third generation of the Hamilton family to lead our company, Hamilton Medical means a great deal to him.

Jens Hallek has been with the company since 1998. As President and deputy to Bob, he lends his decades worth of experience and knowledge to continue making our company successful.

Working in tune with one another, Bob and Jens are a team of seasoned professionals and leaders in the field of medical technology.

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Our users. Every application counts

Medical teams around the world are accustomed to the toughest working conditions but have seldom been challenged to the extent that they are today.

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Sustainability. More than an obligation

Economic success is important for every company. But so is the future. We think long-term and follow the principles of social justice and ecological responsibility.

How we got here. The story of Intelligent Ventilation

How we got here. The story of Intelligent Ventilation How we got here. The story of Intelligent Ventilation
Graphic illustration: human lung

Our research. Advancing ventilation technology

Since the very beginning, we have invested a great deal of time and money in research. There is room for new ideas, innovative approaches, and for clinical studies, all in close collaboration with ventilation experts from around the world.

In this team you can find a very high density of professionals with doctoral and post-doctoral degrees, not only in medicine and medical engineering, but also in mathematics and physics.

We make way for innovation, and the results speak for themselves. Over the last few decades, we have revolutionized mechanical ventilation. Not just once, but many times. And we will keep on doing so.

The development of the ventilators The development of the ventilators

We have set new industry standards. And will continue to do so

We first entered the market in 1984 with one of the first microprocessor-controlled ventilators and proximal flow measurement. At the end of the 80s, we built on this foundation by launching our digital oxygen mixer and a setting to control expiratory trigger sensitivity.

1991 saw a big leap forward in the way patient information was displayed graphically and by 1997 ,the time had come to unveil our ASV mode: a ventilation mode that automatically adjusts ventilation to changing lung mechanics. With the start of the new millennium, we introduced P/V Tool for recruitment maneuvers and the Ventilation Cockpit in 2008.

2010 brought another paradigm shift in mechanical ventilation as we introduced the world to INTELLiVENT-ASV: an intelligent ventilation mode that applies lung-protective ventilation automatically (Wendel Garcia PD, Hofmaenner DA, Brugger SD, et al. Closed-Loop Versus Conventional Mechanical Ventilation in COVID-19 ARDS. J Intensive Care Med. 2021;36(10):1184-1193. doi:10.1177/088506662110241391​). Innovation never stops, and since 2012 we have launched more groundbreaking ventilators such as our HAMILTON-MR1 ventilator with magnetic field scanners, and our HAMILTON-T1 Military transport ventilator with an NBC filter, night vision goggles option, and more.

As we continue to bring medtech into the 21st century, we have developed our devices to go hand in hand with our new technologies such as IntelliSync+: a technology that mimics an expert‘s eye by continuously analyzing waveform shapes at least hundred times per second. What’s next? Stay tuned.

Graphical illustration: Key figures and facts

Like numbers? Here a few facts for you

We started small and simply equipped in an unusual environment: a motel in Bonaduz in the canton of Grisons, Switzerland. The visions of our founder Steve Hamilton were all the greater:

"I wanted to create a fully automated ventilation system, which could be used everywhere and by everyone."

We achieved Steve's vision with INTELLiGENT-ASV. And now? Well, now we just keep taking the user experience to the next level. Again, and again.

We are a multinational team of more than 850 employees worldwide with different ages, world views, cultural backgrounds, identities, and nationalities. We are united by our mutual respect and a common goal: We are committed to helping medical teams deliver the best respiratory care - to anyone, anywhere.

Pretty impressive. We think so too. We currently have over 605 property rights in more than 30 countries. Innovative strength is part of our DNA, so these numbers are far from the end of the line.

Worldwide network

Find us. Your contacts around the globe

We have subsidiaries in six countries and are represented by exclusive distribution partners in over 100 countries worldwide.

Hamilton Medical team

Join us. We’d love to have you

We are always looking for motivated people to strengthen our multinational team – from software developers to medical experts, from engineers to export specialists, from production staff to project leaders.

Closed-Loop Versus Conventional Mechanical Ventilation in COVID-19 ARDS.

Wendel Garcia PD, Hofmaenner DA, Brugger SD, et al. Closed-Loop Versus Conventional Mechanical Ventilation in COVID-19 ARDS. J Intensive Care Med. 2021;36(10):1184-1193. doi:10.1177/08850666211024139



BACKGROUND

Lung-protective ventilation is key in bridging patients suffering from COVID-19 acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) to recovery. However, resource and personnel limitations during pandemics complicate the implementation of lung-protective protocols. Automated ventilation modes may prove decisive in these settings enabling higher degrees of lung-protective ventilation than conventional modes.

METHOD

Prospective study at a Swiss university hospital. Critically ill, mechanically ventilated COVID-19 ARDS patients were allocated, by study-blinded coordinating staff, to either closed-loop or conventional mechanical ventilation, based on mechanical ventilator availability. Primary outcome was the overall achieved percentage of lung-protective ventilation in closed-loop versus conventional mechanical ventilation, assessed minute-by-minute, during the initial 7 days and overall mechanical ventilation time. Lung-protective ventilation was defined as the combined target of tidal volume <8 ml per kg of ideal body weight, dynamic driving pressure <15 cmH2O, peak pressure <30 cmH2O, peripheral oxygen saturation ≥88% and dynamic mechanical power <17 J/min.

RESULTS

Forty COVID-19 ARDS patients, accounting for 1,048,630 minutes (728 days) of cumulative mechanical ventilation, allocated to either closed-loop (n = 23) or conventional ventilation (n = 17), presenting with a median paO2/ FiO2 ratio of 92 [72-147] mmHg and a static compliance of 18 [11-25] ml/cmH2O, were mechanically ventilated for 11 [4-25] days and had a 28-day mortality rate of 20%. During the initial 7 days of mechanical ventilation, patients in the closed-loop group were ventilated lung-protectively for 65% of the time versus 38% in the conventional group (Odds Ratio, 1.79; 95% CI, 1.76-1.82; P < 0.001) and for 45% versus 33% of overall mechanical ventilation time (Odds Ratio, 1.22; 95% CI, 1.21-1.23; P < 0.001).

CONCLUSION

Among critically ill, mechanically ventilated COVID-19 ARDS patients during an early highpoint of the pandemic, mechanical ventilation using a closed-loop mode was associated with a higher degree of lung-protective ventilation than was conventional mechanical ventilation.