Getinge has been awarded an anesthesia contract from Vizient Inc, the largest member-driven healthcare performance improvement company in the United States, according to a company news release. The Getinge Flow Family’s technology provides personalized anesthesia to cover the needs of all types of surgeries and patients, Getinge says.

“Vizient awarded the contract to Getinge after a thorough evaluation, which provides its members easier access to Flow Family Anesthesia machines at a contract rate,” said Eric Honroth, President, North America. Honroth further states, “Easier access to Flow Family Anesthesia machines means that Vizient members benefit from our cutting edge technology while providing personalized anesthesia to their most challenging patients such as neonates and the morbidly obese.”

Developed together with clinicians, these machines are designed to facilitate personalization with patient safety in mind. With an intuitive interface, emphasis on ease of use, smart design, and a high level of automation, the Flow Family brings personalized anesthesia delivery and smooth workflow to the clinician.

Every detail of the machines has been designed in collaboration with clinicians to ensure optimal care with high efficiency. The Flow-e and Flow-c come equipped with the MAC Brain indicator, a unique tool that visualizes the difference in agent concentration between the lungs and target organ, the brain.1 The reliability of the data places anesthesiologists in control, allowing planning and delivery of more efficient agent dosing. All models in Getinge’s Flow Family include O2Guard, the world’s first active hypoxia prevention system.2,3 O2Guard automatically overrules the settings and increases the flow of oxygen if the inspired oxygen level drops below 21%, minimizing the risk of hypoxia in challenging patient types.4 These innovations provide a smart workspace that makes work easier in the busy OR environment.

1. Above 1 year of age – see indications for use
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