Medi-tech firm wins £1 million contract

A medical techonology firm in Hemel Hempstead has landed a major £1 million contract to supply university hospitals with a fleet of its ventilators for critical care.

Wednesday, 25th February 2015, 8:35 am
The Evita V500 ventilator

Dräger completed a deal to supply 45 new Evita Infinity V500 ventilators, which use the latest technology to provide high-performance respiratory therapy in all existing critical care facilities at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, including a new 12 bed bay.

Dr Nick Coleman, associate medical director at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to equip Royal Stoke University Hospital with this new respiratory equipment.

“Investing in critical care is integral to patient safety, and is a vital part of the Trust’s aims to transform our hospitals to ensure that they meet the needs of our patients, both today and in the future.

“One of the most important criteria for us when selecting which critical care ventilators would best meet our needs was to ensure ease of use for our nurses.

“These new ventilators are very straightforward to use and our staff were given training by clinical experts to help understand the machines exceptionally well.”

Lesley Youren, Dräger marketing manager Respiratory Care, said: “Our ventilators are designed to deliver high quality critical care ventilation.

“The ability to configure the ventilator to meet each critical care units individual needs is very important to staff.

“We were delighted to work with clinicians and nurses at the hospital to ensure the ventilators were set up for their clinical preference, making them easy to use.”

As part of the project, Dräger delivered an education and training programme for staff on how to use the new equipment, which was well received by the clinicians.

The new 12 bed bay at the hospital is set to open later this year.

Dräger, based off Mark Road, Maylands, is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology.

The company says its products protect, support and save lives.

Founded in 1989, the firm is a major asset to the Hemel Hempstead business scene and generated revenues of around EUR 2.37 billion in 2013.

Dräger is present in more than 190 countries and has about 13,500 employees worldwide.

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