News | June 24, 2008

Walter Reed's Acute Pain Center Implements Draeger's AIMS

June 25, 2008 - Draeger Medical Inc. said yesterday it implemented its Innovian Anesthesia information system at Walter Reed Army Medical Center's (WRAMC) new Acute Pain Medicine Center, which opened in April.

The Acute Pain Medicine Center at WRAMC is transforming how the military treats pain by introducing regional anesthesia, according to the company, Unlike general anesthesia, which completely sedates patients, regional anesthesia targets pain at its source. The use of high-tech nerve-blocking techniques prevents pain signals from reaching the patient's brain. This alleviates localized pain and prevents the development of maladaptive nerve pathways, which have the potential to cause chronic pain issues.

Innovian Anesthesia is the information backbone that integrates near real-time, life-critical information from patient monitoring, medical therapy devices and other ancillary information systems. It reportedly gives clinicians fast access to patient data, which can minimize the duplication of efforts that often occurs with paper record systems.

The Innovian technology improves the user's ability to monitor and document procedural events and notes as well as patient vital signs. Minimizing the time required for post-op notations allows physicians to treat more patients and frees anesthesiologists to focus on the patient instead of documentation.

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