The ExSpiron respiratory depression monitor may aid in the care of Ebola patients, according to a demonstration at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The demonstration at the hospital’s Medical Device Plug-and-Play Interoperability Lab / Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology showed how medical devices – which currently require manual intervention – can be integrated to make automatic adjustments in some patient care, such as shutting off pain pumps or adjusting ventilators in response to changes in a patient’s respiration. Such automation could be critical for Ebola patients, since clinicians must take several minutes to “gown up” every time they enter a quarantine room.

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