Milestones of Anesthesiology: Dräger Perseus A500

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

New anesthesia workstation for individual requirements
Lübeck – Flexible product design, link with the Infinity Acute Care System (IACS), patients in intensive care, and a level of automation that supports the workflow in the OR: The Perseus A500 anesthesia workstation is one of the largest development projects ever from Dräger.

This milestone in the development of anesthesia machines has been introduced by the company for the first time at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The patient monitor on the left, right, or centered? With or without medical cockpit for linked IT solutions? Even more storage space? Or advanced clinical functionality? “The development of the Perseus A500 took into account the option for customers to arrange their anesthesia workstation as they like and as it fits their specific situation,” says Oliver Rosenthal, director of Dräger’s strategic anesthesia business unit.

By users for users
Within the scope of the so-called Customer Process Monitoring (CPM)1, Dräger specialists have observed anesthesiologists and nurses around the world in their work environment and subsequently interviewed them. “Only during daily use do technology problems reveal themselves,” explains Rosenthal. “Our objective was, therefore, to empathize with the user even
more intensely than before and to integrate and implement our observations into a concept for new anesthesiology workstations.”

The observations have been incorporated into the product design of the Perseus A500. More than 100 different versions of the anesthesia workstation can be created to match the needs of hospitals by combining the different hardware options, shelf arrangements, and storage areas. In addition, freely selectable software options such as ventilator or monitoring modes, increase the number of possible configurations.

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