This firm is seeking funding to take a new advanced patient monitoring device from fully functional and clinically tested prototype stage to commercial stage. The device, called a "Pulse Flowmeter, is potentially disruptive technology in the operating room, recovery room and intensive care unit, changing, in a fundamental way, doctors' approach to these acute care patients. The Pulse Flowmeter detects blood loss and heart failure very early, before there are changes in blood pressure. This can allow physicians to treat and thereby prevent their patients from going into shock. The Pulse Flowmeter does this measuring peripheral perfusion (blood flow in the arms and legs), which decreases very early as a patient is heading in the direction of developing shock. The initial target market is very large, including operating rooms, recovery rooms, surgi-centers and intensive care units. This is a platform technology with many other uses, other than those stated above. Other markets to be addressed with different versions of the device include management of chronic congestive heart failure, triaging injured soldiers on the battlefield and the management of peripheral vascular disease.
THE PULSE FLOWMETER - THE 6TH VITAL SIGN: The need and inspiration for the device originated when the inventor of the technology observed a patient die overnight from occult bleeding following minor elective surgery. This experience led directly to the invention of the Pulse Flowmeter.  Every year, 40 million patients undergo surgery in the USA. Many of these will have significant bleeding. In fact 20% of all surgical patients 65 years of age and older require blood transfusions. Many of these will become hemodynamically unstable and die. It is very difficult to detect shock in its early stages because of the body's compensatory mechanisms which constrict peripheral blood flow to preserve blood flow to the heart and brain.
Every year 5 million patients in the USA are admitted to intensive care units. These patients are often hemodynamically unstable and are monitored intermittently with invasive Swan-Ganz cardiac output catheters. The Pulse Flowmeter provides similar information, but does so easily, safely, non-invasively and continuously.
MARKET FACTORS: The current medical economic climate favors innovations that result in cost-savings and improved patient outcomes.

Posted Oct 31, 2013

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