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Benefits from application of v-TACTM

The application of v-TAC™ triggers a chain of benefits and improvements leading to significant clinical, operational and cost benefits particularly for management of patients suffering from respiratory compromise. Since blood gas testing is a critical tool throughout the patient journey from admission to discharge, the benefits from application of v-TAC™ are not restricted to a single department or a special application. 

v-TAC™ makes arterial blood gas values instantly and easily available

In the emergency department, blood gas testing is a critical tool for patient screening. By collecting the venous blood sample for the venous blood gas in combination with regular blood samples, v-TAC™ can instantly convert the venous blood gas values to arterial values and therefore reduce the need for ABGs or follow-up ABGs. With ABG values instantly available, time-to-diagnosis and time-to-care will be reduced. Arterial values will be available from patient admission and can serve as baseline to monitor how the patient will improve or deteriorate from there.

In cardio-respiratory wards, ABG testing is common and usually requires an arterial puncture. Because of the complexity of arterial punctures, this is almost always done by medical doctors or specially trained staff. In contrast, access to venous blood is relatively straight forward, which means that the task of ABG testing can be transferred to other staff groups, such as nurses. This optimise the clinical/operational work-flow and release highly skilled clinicians time to other tasks. This is particularly relevant for certain treatments such as for example Non-Invasive Ventilation, where repeated ABGs are common - Learn more

This easier access to ABG testing has already inspired UK clinicians to introduce the idea of nurse-led care, where nurses takes over more responsibility which is expected to improve clinical compliance and outcomes and reduce length-of-stay.

In the ICU, patients usually have arterial-lines and therefore easy access to arterial blood, but arterial lines have side effects such as injuries to the arteries. v-TAC™ can reduce the use of arterial lines and hereby improve patient mobility and reduce time to recover.