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Innovative Ventilation Helps 258 gram Baby Defy the Odds

Medical device and component innovations and developments have impacted people’s lives all around the world, both for patients and their family and friends. This is especially true for families like the Sekinos in Japan, who in 2019 took their baby son home, one of the tiniest babies ever to leave a hospital safely. Ryusuke Sekino, who weighed just 258 grammes at birth after a 24-week and five-day pregnancy, spent six months in the neonatal critical care unit at Nagano Children’s Hospital before his parents were able to take him home.

Ryusuke was cared for by a dedicated team at Nagano Children’s Hospital, and during his time there, he was put on a variety of mechanical Ventilation modes, including HFOV, as well as his longest treatment, which lasted two and a half months and included NAVA Ventilation from Swedish life science company Getinge.

The output of the patient’s respiratory centre is closely monitored by NAVA Ventilation, which captures the electrical signal that stimulates the diaphragm, allowing the patient’s natural respiratory drive to operate the ventilator. The Edi catheter, which measures diaphragm activity, is made with Sandvik’s Exera® medical wire.

Ryusuke suffered bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a disorder that affects prematurely born babies whose lungs have not fully matured. After extubation, the infant boy was still in danger, so NAVA Ventilation was utilised to let him breathe on his own, allowing him to gain weight and grow his lungs. The lung damage could have been far severe if not for this Ventilation method.

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