It should be a source of hope and optimism to see how the country is coming together to find ways to address systemic racism on all different levels. IngMar Medical is committed to examine our own opportunities to make the needed contributions to this effort and to being a voice in the chorus of those who are envisioning a future without discrimination. No business exists in a vacuum, but in a framework where not only money and goods are exchanged, but values are shaped and upheld, and where people’s lives are touched in many different ways.
IngMar Medical is a business that has the mission to help the medical community by improving respiratory care for patients. Our mission is based on core values that we have stated internally and that are shared by the medical simulation community.
- Abundance Mentality
It appears altogether fitting to explicitly add Diversity to this list and to make these core values reflect a public statement that we want to be held against. Read more about our Mission, Vision and Values here.
We, individually and collectively, have choices about who we want to be. We have the power to shape our interactions with the world and we need to use this power to actively promote the truth that all people are created equal. There is much work to be done.
The death of George Floyd is a stark reminder that the demons of the past are also the demons of today. Police do not apply “protect and serve” to all of us who live in this country in the same way. We grieve not only for the senseless loss of black lives, but also for the loss of freedom from fear, the loss of opportunity, the loss of many of the basic things that we all claim that humans have a right to in their pursuit of happiness.
We must ask ourselves what contributions we are making to abolish the system of racism that still undeniably exists all around us. Our voice in the chorus of those who are envisioning a future without discrimination is critical.
No business exists in a vacuum, but in a framework where not only money and goods are exchanged, but values are shaped and upheld, and where people’s lives are touched in many different ways.
We, collectively, can be who we want to be. We have the power to shape our interactions with the world. We need to use this power to set the bar high. We need to use this power to actively promote the self evident truth that all people are created equal.
– Stefan Frembgen, President/CEO, IngMar Medical
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses across the world in dramatically different ways as some businesses are thriving, while others are diminishing.
About half of United States manufacturers are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain open during the pandemic.
As a life-sustaining business, IngMar Medical is honored to stay open and provide the tools necessary for the respiratory community to save lives.
In an effort to meet the demand for respiratory simulation solutions, we have:
- Prepared to follow all CDC COVID-19 guidelines via a Workplace Health & Safety Monitor
- Expanded and adjusted our manufacturing workspace to adhere to social distancing guidelines
- Grown our essential workforce team to include more Production Technicians
- Taken a proactive approach to find supply chain bottle necks and overcome them
We, at IngMar Medical, are humbled and grateful to be in the position to remain open and dedicated to our mission of decreasing suffering and improving patient outcomes for those who rely on respiratory devices.
Recently, Pittsburgh public radio station WESA-FM, published a story on how local businesses are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. IngMar Medical President Stefan Frembgen was interviewed for the story.
IngMar Medical hosted a live webinar on Tuesday, April 14th at 2pm ET. During this webinar we will walk you through a simulation scenario using our RespiSim® System, to prepare for management of a ventilated patient diagnosed with COVID-19.
IngMar Medical and Laerdal Medical will be co-hosting a live webinar on Thursday, April 2nd. During this webinar, you will learn how to run three brand new simulation scenarios with the ASL 5000™ Lung Solution to prepare for management of a ventilated patient diagnosed with COVID-19. The scenario topics include:
- Respiratory Stabilization on Ventilator
- Inspiratory Dysynchrony on Ventilator
- Proning Procedure of Patient on a Ventilator
The scenario simulations will be made available to all users of the ASL 5000 Lung Solution following the webinar.
As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts those around the world, we recognize this is a time filled with feelings of uncertainty. However, at this time, we are immensely grateful for those in the respiratory community. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to you.
- Thank you to the engineers who develop respiratory devices and treatments.
- Thank you to the educators who train future clinicians on ventilation.
- Thank you to the researchers who find the best treatment modalities.
- Thank you to those providing care to people in need.
You are the reason we do what we do every day at IngMar Medical. During this difficult time, we stand by you. You have our commitment to continue providing the products and services you depend on.
For more than 25 years, IngMar Medical has focused on our mission to decrease suffering and improve patient outcomes. This enduring mission guides us as we begin to invest our time in assisting the respiratory community in this period of need.
Currently, we are developing a simulation scenario for managing a ventilated COVID-19 patient. We are working with Laerdal Medical and various physicians and respiratory therapists throughout the world so that we can gain a broad perspective on how these patients are best managed on ventilators. The scenario will be shared with all users when complete. Keep an eye out for updates on this in the coming days.
Please continue to reach out to IngMar Medical for your respiratory simulation needs. Be well.
Through a live-action scenario focused on patient- and family-centered care, we demonstrate the impact the ASL 5000™ Lung Solution can have on your pediatric respiratory training. This features a live-action scenario, with a concerned mom, an RT and a nurse, with one version illustrating an optimal path, and another where wrong choices were made.
This webinar recording is intended for educators considering the integration of high-fidelity pediatric respiratory simulation into their training programs as well as current ASL 5000 Lung Solution users interested in seeing the new SimBaby integration in action.
We are pleased to announce that the popular ASL 5000™ Lung Solution is now compatible with Laerdal’s new SimBaby™. This will enable you to use SimBaby to conduct advanced ventilator management training in anesthesia, critical care, emergency medicine, pulmonology, and respiratory care.
Developed in collaboration with Laerdal, the ASL 5000 Lung Solution enables SimBaby to breathe spontaneously while being ventilated and hold PEEP at any clinically relevant level. You can use any real ventilator and any mode of ventilation, including non-invasive ventilation (NIV). Resistance and compliance are minutely adjustable, allowing you to simulate a vast number of patient disease states. This will allow you to teach mechanical ventilation topics such as:
- Managing IRDS, RSV and BPD
- Adjusting the ventilator in response to a change in patient condition
- Identifying and resolving patient-ventilator dysynchronies
One ASL 5000 Lung Solution – Multiple Manikins
In addition to SimBaby, the ASL 5000 Lung Solution is compatible with SimMan® 3G, SimMan 3G Trauma, SimMan Essential, SimMan Essential Bleeding. The same ASL 5000 Lung Solution can be used on multiple manikins, adding extra value to your simulation program.
Use Laerdal’s LLEAP Software
Manage both the ASL 5000 and SimBaby directly from LLEAP, the Laerdal Learning Application. The ASL 5000 Lung Solution and the ASL 5000 Lung Adapter are available worldwide exclusively from your Laerdal representative.
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SimMan® and SimBaby™ are registered trademarks of Laerdal Medical.
IngMar Medical is pleased to announce the release of its new ASL 5000™ LLEAP Software Plugin, version 2.6.21 for SimMan® and SimBaby™.
- Software support to work with the new SimBaby manikin
- Automated backup and importing of customer patient models when updating or installing new versions of LLEAP software
- Implemented compensations for adult and baby manikins to better align with ventilator outputs
- Added diagnostic option to set up communications when the SimMan is set to a static IP address (staticip.txt)
- User can identify whether or not a manikin is connected in order to apply appropriate compensations for ASL Monitor data
Mechanical ventilation is a life-saving treatment for critically ill patients. As ventilators become increasingly sophisticated, the work of clinicians responsible for their management does not necessarily become easier. A new textbook on mechanical ventilation lists 298 mode names on 36 ventilators in the United States alone. In addition, hospitals have several different ventilators, each with multiple options for modes of ventilation. This is a major challenge for ensuring clinical competency from patient admission to discharge.
In the United States, respiratory therapists serve as the experts in mechanical ventilation. However, many other clinicians interact with the patient during their scope of care and therefore need to be trained in ventilation.
Here is a list of disciplines within an organization that can benefit from ventilation training:
- Respiratory Therapists
- Critical Care Physicians
- Emergency Medicine Physicians
- Nurses (ICU, ER)
- Nurse Anesthetists
- Nurse Practitioners
- EMT/ Paramedics
- Physician Assistants
Due to the number of clinicians who interact with a patient during their scope of care, ventilation training needs to cover a wide range of scenarios including: airway management, non-invasive ventilation, initiation of mechanical ventilation and how to properly ventilate apneic or spontaneously breathing patients with differing disease states and evolving patient conditions.
Here are a few main topics that should be covered in ventilation training:
- Patient-Ventilator Interactions (patient-ventilator synchrony issues)
- Ventilator Adjustments (Spontaneous Breathing Trials)
- Ventilator Maneuvers (Finding optimal PEEP)
- Types/ Modes of Ventilation (NIV, APRV, PAV, ASV, PRVC, etc.)
- Patient Assessments (Hemodynamics)
- Patient Conditions (ARDS, COPD, Asthma, etc.)
Please review our End Users and Training Applications resource.
Typically, ventilation training is accomplished through textbooks and classroom discussion. Simulation may be integrated, but is usually less effective when using a standard test lung with limited functionality and realism. However, with the right equipment, simulation has the potential to be the most effective course of action to standardize and improve ventilation training.
- Structured, repeatable simulations
- Deliberate practice and experiential learning with mistakes
- Customized, appropriately challenging training
- Low frequency, high risk patient scenarios
- Hands-on teamwork and communication practice
- No risk to patients
To accomplish the most high-fidelity ventilation simulations, we recommend a lung that simulates patient-ventilator interactions indistinguishable from a real patient, such as the ASL 5000™ Breathing Simulator. With this kind of realism, training can be expanded to include simulations of the following patient-ventilator interactions:
- Highly realistic ventilator waveforms
- Relevant and timely ventilator alarms
- Both synchronous and dysynchronous patients
- Spontaneous Breathing Trials
- Non-invasive ventilation
- Impact of evolving patient conditions
Please review our ASL 5000 Patient-Ventilator Interactions web page.
If you are interested in learning more about how the ASL 5000 can enhance your respiratory training, please contact email@example.com.