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Product Review: Getinge NICCI Technology for Advanced Hemodynamic Monitoring

Healthcare | Jun, 2021

Technological advancements in the last decade has created possibilities for patients with high risk of health problems to use accurate and unobtrusive medical devices intended for continuous blood pressure measurement and monitoring. While blood pressure is measured as a part of standard medical routine to determine an individual’s overall well-being, continuous monitoring is essential for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases that require immediate medical intervention. For more than a century, healthcare industry has employed cuff devices to monitor blood pressure levels, but it has significant drawbacks such as discomfort, lack of monitoring during sleep or performing other activities, improper measurements, etc. Besides, missing the fluctuations in blood pressure during standard intermittent readings may result in blood pressure drops or significantly high levels, that could lead to severe repercussions and even death. However, the medical emergency could be avoided with the adoption of non-invasive and continuous blood pressure monitoring systems as a part of ambient assisted living.

The modern wearable devices allow people with high, low, or irregular blood pressure to check their haemodynamic parameters round the clock, that enhances safety and improves their quality of life. Addressing these issues, Getinge has recently launched NICCI Technology, the latest innovation in advanced hemodynamic monitoring designed to provide continuous and non-invasive blood pressure monitoring at fingertips and it never misses a beat!

NICCI is an easy-to-use and flexible device that offers a complete picture of hemodynamic status. It provides reliable and precise dynamic parameters such as mean arterial pressure (AP), pulse pressure variation (PPV), cardiac index (CI), and stroke volume variation (SVV) so that medical staff could make right treatment decisions related to goal directed fluid therapy (DFT) at the right time. The monitoring device consists of sensors that comes in three sizes and two finger cuffs automated to alternate from one finger to another after no more than an hour for continuous measurement. NICCI can be used for up to 72 hours at a stretch, which allows anaesthesiologist to assess patient’s hemodynamic status even before inducing anaesthesia, during, and post-surgery. The application area of NICCI extends to post-operative care units, emergency rooms, and cath-labs. The easy click mechanism of the monitoring unit facilitates faster setup whereas the smart design elements like integrated cable support and quick key access supports simple handling, making it user-friendly and convenient.

Based on Continuous non-invasive arterial pressure (CNAP) technology, NICCI measures blood pressure in real-time (beat-to-beat monitoring) without any disruptions of cannulating the human body. CNAP utilizes InfraRed (IR) light sensors and air chambers to record the patient’s blood pressure waveform with the means of a double finger cuff. The pulsating blood flow is kept constant by the counter pressure exerted on the artery by inflating or deflating integrated cuff and the resulting pressure corresponds to real arterial pressure. When mounted appropriately, NICCI optimizes the signal in finger cuff prior to recording regular upper arm BP measurement for calibration and derives parameters providing valuable information about blood flow, preload, and contractility. The technology can be utilized for measuring blood pressure continuously in adults and paediatric patients above the age of 4. The accuracy of Vascular Unloading Technique is unparalleled for more than two decades.

NICCI earned prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award 2020 after undergoing extensive testing procedures for its compact and ergonomic design. Moreover, the panel of 40 jurors appreciated the device for its easy usability and ultimate comfort while making a diverse selection of entries. The interchangeable sensors in varying sizes can be immediately attached to the mouse through snap connection and ensure device fits well in different hand sizes. The device integrates all the technical components in a space-saving design.

NICCI consists of advanced components that enhances the quality of treatment and makes the procedure convenient. The PulsioFlex monitoring platform, a gold standard for advanced hemodynamic monitoring offers intelligent visualization so that the medical professional can easily determine the best possible treatment for patients. TouchScreen with smart user interface provides quick access to all the important functionalities and Quick access keys start or stop measurement or trigger a manual NIBP measurement. The intelligent cable management provides storage for NICCI mouse and cables while the easy click mechanism helps to quickly set up the device.

Major Advances in Blood Pressure Monitoring Devices

Omron Platinum Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor

The Omron wireless blood pressure monitor is a horizontally designed, dual display monitor, capable of storing up to 100 readings per user (accommodates two users only). The advanced BP monitoring system comes with a TruRead technology that allows one to automatically take three readings consecutively at pre-determined intervals (15 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds, or 120 seconds), which makes the device highly customizable for users. The dual LCD display enables the user to compare the immediate reading with the past readings. The High Morning Average indicator alerts users with a “HIGH” if the systolic blood pressure if it goes beyond 130 mmHg or reaches less than 80 mmHg. With wireless Bluetooth connectivity, the OMRON blood pressure system can be synced with the OMRON Connect app on iOS or Android for unlimited memory, graphs, and trend tracking. Also, the contoured and soft OMRON wide-range D-ring cuff comes with a monitor and is ideal for standard to large arms ranging from 9” to 17” in circumference. 


Withings BPM Connect

The hi-tech and “smart” blood pressure monitor system is an ideal option for a user that travels quite frequently as the device is portable due to its compact design. The device can run on battery for long hours, so the user does not need to care about charging frequently. With a single charge, the user can take up to 600 readings with the single-arm Withings BPM Connect. The device also offers unlimited storage capacity, and the previous data does not get deleted. You can connect the device with an option Health Mate app to share reading and reports with physicians or family members. Measuring diastolic and systolic blood pressure and heart rate, the BPM system offers color-coded feedback for hypertension. 


Lifesource Blood Pressure Monitor UA-767

Developed by A&D Medical, Lifesource Blood Pressure Monitor UA-767 is perfect for users seeking an easy-to-use digital blood pressure monitoring device. The one-button operation makes the whole process much simpler as the user just require to properly wear the arm cuff and press the start button. The monitoring device has been clinically tested as well as validated for accuracy by the American National Standards Institute and the European Society of Hypertension. The auto-inflate cuff is one of the best features of the Lifesource blood pressure monitor as it automatically inflates to the correct pressure during the measurement. The digital device can be used by multiple users as it offers different arm sizes catering from medium to large arms. Allowing 90 reading memory capacity, the Lifesource monitor lets the user review three months’ worth of measurements. The large LCD display and buttons on the monitor are easy to read and the health measurements such as systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and pulse rate. The device is fully backed by a lifetime warranty, unlike many blood pressure monitoring devices that come with only a one-year or five-year warranty.


Greater Goods Blood Pressure Monitoring Kit 

If you are looking for a budget-friendly and comfortable blood pressure measuring device, then the Greater Goods Blood Pressure Monitoring kit is the device for you. The kit consists of an easy-to-use soft fabric cuff and a large digital LCD screen that is not only large but also user-friendly. The device can store more reading than expensive BPMs available in the market and it also supports two user profiles. The cuff is outfitted with batteries so that the user does not need to find a plug when outside. The FDA-approved medical device has a hypertension indicator, an irregular heartbeat detector, and displays blood pressure averaging. However, some people have complained about the accuracy of the device when compared to doctor’s office readings.

According to TechSci research report on “Global Blood Pressure Monitoring Devices Market By Product Type (Digital Blood Pressure Monitor, Sphygmomanometer, Transducers, Others) By Technology (Digital, Android, Wearable) By End User (Hospitals & Clinics, Ambulatory Surgery Centres, Home Care, Others) By Region, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2026”, the global blood pressure monitoring device is expected to register a formidable CAGR during the forecast period. The growth can be attributed to the increasing risk of lifestyle associated disorders and rising geriatric population.

According to another Techsci research report on “Global Vital Signs Monitoring Devices Market By Product Type (Blood Pressure Monitors, Pulse Oximeters, Temperature Monitoring Devices) By End User (Hospitals & Clinics, Diagnostic Centers, Ambulatory Care Centers, Others) By Region, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2026”, the global vital signs monitoring devices market is expected to show a robust growth during the forecast period owing to factors such as rising demand for in-home healthcare devices and availability of technologically advanced products in the market. Additionally, growing prevalence of chronic disorders and rising number of healthcare facilities are boosting the growth of global vital signs monitoring devices market. 

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