Technology | May 11, 2008

Draeger Gets FDA Clearance for Carina Ventilator

Draeger Medical Systems Inc. received 510(k) clearance from the FDA in May 2008 to market the Carina, its latest product in its ventilator product line to the U.S. market.

The Carina ventilator offers both invasive and non-invasive capabilities in one device. Its latest technology known as “Synch Plus” will compensate for leakage and provide effective breath delivery, Draeger said. The Carina is well suited for the emergency room, general ward, ICU, or sub-acute facilities as it features an internal battery and can operate independent of a high-pressure gas system, the manufacturer said.

The transportability of the Carina makes patient transfer seamless and expedient, especially when a patient requires noninvasive support, the company said.

For patients who are mechanically ventilated long term, the Carina-home facilitates similar style ventilation technology for chronic patients outside of the hospital. The Carina-home has been in the U.S. marketplace for over a year.

The Carina is expected to be commercially available by July 2008 in the U.S.

May 2008