SAN DIEGO, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- CareFusion (NYSE: CFN), a leading, global medical device company, today launched the EnVe™ ventilator, a high-performance critical care ventilator that weighs 9.5 pounds—about 70-80 pounds lighter than other ventilators with similar functions.
The EnVe ventilator has the capability to manage non-invasive or mask-ventilated patients to the most critically ill intubated patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). The EnVe system's miniaturization and compact design allows patients to be easily transported throughout the hospital and other environments outside the hospital. Because the patient can remain on the ventilator, the clinician doesn't need to disconnect the breathing circuit, which helps reduce a patient's risk for infection. In addition, the ventilator's small size allows for it to be stored in a cabinet rather than on a typical ventilator stand, freeing up valuable space in some of the most crowded areas of a hospital.
CareFusion first introduced the EnVe ventilator in Oct. 2009 in limited release and completed user preference evaluations at several U.S. hospitals this past year, including North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
"During our evaluation, the Enve ventilator proved to be highly capable in both conventional and non-invasive modes, safely transporting extremely critical patients without the usual reduction in support experienced with typical transport equipment," said Nick Kuhnley, manager of respiratory care at North Memorial Medical Center. "We antic