VMS     CAN BE A LIFELINE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

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VMS+ can be used to help patients who have developed COVID-19-related cardiac complications. The system aids in the diagnosis  and management of care by providing information on left ventricular and right ventricular size and function.   

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Right ventricle imaging and echo important to treating patients presenting to critical care.

A recent study from the Icahn school of medicine at Mount Sinai in New York city concludes that a dilated RV is known to predict mortality in patients that contracted Covid-19 and reported to emergency. In interest of infection control and the need for point of care diagnostics, the study authors recommend using echocardiography as a means of assessing those at risk. [1]

 

This study demonstrates the importance that innovative technologies that augment the ECHO play in achieving better outcomes.  

VMS clearly gives accurate assessment of right ventricle.

 

Many vendors have tools utilizing 4D acquisitions to measure ventricular size and function. These require the ability to scan the whole of the ventricle of interest from the same scan position. This is frequently impossible in patients with poor acoustic windows, and in some patients with severe right ventricular dilatation, it can be impossible to fit the whole of the heart into the scan cone. Again, by combining multiple images taken from different windows, VMS allows even the largest ventricles to be accurately measured. It is also less reliant on perfect image quality because the final measurements are derived from sparse data.

 

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The VMS+ provide measurements for volume and ejection fraction calculations for all four chambers of the heart. The mean percent difference between VMS and MRI results are within 10% for EDV, ESV, and EF with a 95% confidence.  [Ref: clinical trial results].

VMS is a  point of care technology that follows the typical workflow of a sonographer or cardiologist during his or her initial examination of a patient. Thus, the use of the VMS does not require additional contact with the patient.   In fact, measurements can be made on a separate workstation if one is using 3D, or after the patient has left the exam room if one is using 2D.

 

VENDOR NEUTRAL

The Ventripoint solution is vendor neutral and works with echo images generated from any ultrasound system, irrespective of the make or model.

 

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Could cardiac conditions be on the rise?

We still do not know if the virus could give rise to new cardiac conditions. However, we have  early evidence that suggests this.  A German study [2] reviewed the MRI scans of 100 recovering patients after two months of recovery time.  These were patients who contracted Covid but did not have any known cardiac condition. The researchers found that:

           

                  78% had cardiac involvement,

                  60% had myocardial inflammation

 

Also, a 12 year follow up study showed that of 25 patients, 11 patients (44%) were reporting cardiovascular abnormalities.[3]. 

 

These studies demonstrate that clinicians may want to monitor a patient, who presents with symptoms associated to cardiac conditions  after recovery in order to identify early any concerns and secure better outcomes.  

VMS+ HELPS  TO MONITOR THE HEART  MORE CLOSELY DURING A PANDEMIC

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VMS provides cardiologists and clinicians with the ability to monitor a patient over a period of time, providing a way to look at longitudinal changes. Often the change over time, as opposed to the absolute chamber size, is a more useful indicator of whether further assessment may be required. Doing this with MRI may be prohibitive, both from the availability during a pandemic and cost perspectives.

VMS+ CONFORMS TO INFECTION CONTROL

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EASY CLEANING

Cleaning the system is easy as the sleeves are disposable and all parts are smooth and can be easily wiped down using hospital cleaners.

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REMOTE INSTALLATION

We've adapted our systems to allow for immediate and remote installation into any hospital infranstructure (ie. PACS)

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TRAINING

Ventripoint allows for training via video conferencing given the learning curve for practitioners is not  very steep.

 

 

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REFERENCES

Wu Q, Zhou L, Sun X, et al. Altered Lipid Metabolism in Recovered SARS Patients Twelve Years after Infection. Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):9110. Published 2017 Aug 22. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-09536-z

Puntmann VO, Carerj ML, Wieters I, et al. Outcomes of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients Recently Recovered From Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). JAMA Cardiol. 2020;5

Right Ventricular Dilation in Hospitalized Patients With COVIDClerkin K.J., Fried J.A., Raikhelkar J., et al."Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19 ) and cardiovascular disease". Circulation 2020;141:1648-1655.