Neonatal Transport Humidification System
The Neo-Pod™ “T” Neonatal Transport Humidification System, with improved LavaBed™ humidifier cartridge available September 2015, is designed to deliver heated and humidified breathing gases during transports of infants receiving mechanical ventilation, high-flow nasal cannula, or CPAP.
The Neo-Pod “T” maintains proper conditioning of inspiratory gas during brief as well as lengthy transport situations to help maintain the infant’s neutral thermal environment and prevent inspissation of airway secretions. Adequate inspired gas temperatures are associated with a lower incidence of pneumothorax and a decreased severity of chronic lung disease in ventilated very low birth weight infants. Mechanical ventilation during transport, even bagging, without humidification, can result in heat loss through the lungs, making proper thermoregulation more difficult.
One Size Fits All
Inspired by the unique needs of the neonatal transport team and their patients, the Neo-Pod “T” is the first and only disposable active humidification device designed to operate with virtually all ventilation/incubation systems used in neonatal transport. Compact, lightweight and energy efficient, the Neo-Pod “T” provides the proper heat and humidification of inspiratory gas to help maintain patient body temperature, while preventing drying of airway secretions during mechanical ventilation, nCPAP, or when using high flow nasal cannula oxygen delivery.
Simple, Safe and Effective
The Neo-Pod “T” is simple to set-up and easy-to-use. A new one-way Quick Connect Power Cable makes insertion and removal effortless. Plus, a new Cartridge Bracket design lets you slip on the disposable LavaBed™ humidifier cartridge in seconds. You can adjust and monitor the temperature of the LavaBed cartridge between 30 ̊C – 38 ̊C. The proven, pass-through humidification design ensures that completely saturated gas is provided to the patient. The internal LavaBed temperature sensor actively monitors temperature. For added safety, a proximal airway temperature sensor enables continuous temperature measurement of the delivered gas at the patient interface.
LavaBed™ Humidifier Cartridge
Here’s how the Neo-Pod “T” works. Dry gas from the flow meter, blender or ventilator flows through the system’s circuit to the LavaBed humidifier cartridge, where the gas is warmed and humidified. The humidified gas is then directed to the infant through the ventilator circuit, nasal cannula or CPAP setup. Both the internal LavaBed temperature sensor and proximal airway sensor measure the temperature of the delivered gas and feed the signal to the Control Unit for automatic maintenance of the desired temperature.
The LavaBed Humidifier Cartridge holds approximately 20 mL of sterile water and is filled with a simple syringe, rather than the cumbersome water-feed system found in other devices. An overflow port automatically prevents over-filling. The LavaBed Humidifier Cartridge is secured inside the transport incubator, which enables the benefits of shorter tubing lengths and virtually eliminates the issues associated with varying temperature gradients that may lead to tubing condensation.
- Helps improve and maintain normothermia after delivery and during transport.
- Can be used for intra- and inter-hospital transport of sick preterm infants requiring respiratory support.
- Compatible with virtually all transport ventilator / incubator systems.
- Compact, lightweight and energy efficient.
- Simple to set up and easy to use.
- Disposable LavaBed Humidifier Cartridge optimizes pass-through humidification, while minimizing circuit rain-out and temperature gradient.
- LavaBed temperature can be adjusted between 30° C and 38° C.
- Internal LavaBed temperature sensor and patient airway sensor provide temperature feedback loop control for increased safety and peace of mind.
- New “Quick Connect” power cable facilitates attachment and removal.
Clinical Studies Confirm
Low admission temperatures in preterm infants have been associated with increased rates of morbidity and mortality1. In 2010, tePas and associates concluded that the use of heated and humidified air during respiratory support in very preterm infants just after birth reduced the post-natal decrease in temperature.2 In 2015, Meyer and colleagues assessed whether admission temperature of preterm infants would be improved by the application of heated and humidified gas at delivery and while awaiting transport to NICU. Adding heated humidified gas resulted in preterm infants from birth achieving higher rates of normothermia at admission. Humidification was also more effective in preventing more severe degrees of hypothermia.1
1. Meyer MP, Hou D, Ishrar NN, et al. Initial respiratory support with cold, dry gas versus heated humidified gas and admission temperature of preterm infants. J Pediatr 2015; 166: 245-250.
2. tePas AB, Lopriore E, Dito I, et al. Humidified and heated air during stabilization at birth improves temperature in preterm infants. Pediatrics 2010; 125: e1427-e1432.
A Complete System
The Neo-Pod “T” is a complete system that includes ventilator circuits, high flow circuits, water feed syringe and extension tubing, various sizes of infant high flow nasal cannulas and the PressureSafe™ Neonatal High Flow Nasal Cannula with integral Pressure Relief Valve for protection against inadvertent airway pressure spikes.
The Neo-Pod “T” Brochure includes a description of the system plus relevant part numbers for ordering.
The following technical and educational resources, particularly the Instructions for Use, will be periodically updated to reflect modifications and improvements in the product:
Infant Grapevine (United Kingdom), February 2014; (PDF, 242 Kb).
Instructions for Use
September 11, 2015: A new Neo-Pod “T” video, for the improved model with new LavaBed™ cartridge, has been posted.
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