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Olympic Medical Release: Infant Brain Monitor Offers Window To The Brain


10/19/2005 5:09:23 PM

SEATTLE, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympic Medical announces the release of the Olympic CFM 6000, a new cerebral function monitor designed for long-term patient monitoring in the neonatal intensive care unit and other acute-care departments.

The Olympic CFM provides an important missing link in the patient record -- adding a CFM brain tracing to the patient's standard assessment enables clinicians to better diagnose and treat medical conditions.

"The CFM provides medical staff the ability to see the condition of a patient's overall brain activity," explains Dr. Lena Hellstrom-Westas, of Lund University and co-author of the 'Atlas of Amplitude-integrated EEGs in the Newborn.' "With the CFM, we can identify the effects that specific medical conditions have on the brain and provide caregivers with information to improve treatment and assist in diagnosis."

The Olympic CFM allows clinical staff to continuously monitor brain activity. It is simple to use, easy to interpret, and benefits both medical personnel and patients by:

  -- Aiding in identifying and treating seizures.
  -- Providing a continuous record of brain activity.
  -- Improving the accuracy of newborn neurological examinations.
  -- Aiding in identifying hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and
     predicting its long-term outcome.
  -- Monitoring the effects of drugs and other therapies on the brain.
  -- Determining the need for further neurological examination or transport.

"In addition to using the Olympic CFM to identify infants at risk for HIE and to identify the presence of seizures, I use the device to help evaluate the progress of patients recovering from conditions and procedures that can adversely affect the brain," stated Dr. Jan E. Paisley, pediatrician and neonatologist at Poudre Valley Hospital in Ft. Collins, Colo., and neonatologist at The Children's Hospital and University Hospital in Denver, Colo.

Note to editors:

HIE, a serious condition in infants caused by inadequate delivery of blood and oxygen to the brain, can result in seizures, mental retardation, learning disorders, and clinical brain death. According to the CDC, HIE occurs in 1 of every 50 premature births in the United States.

More Information About Olympic Medical

Olympic Medical, founded in 1959, is a medical device company located in Seattle, Wash. For more information, visit http://www.olympiccfm.com/

Olympic Medical

CONTACT: Kelly Salcedo, CFM Product Manager of Olympic Medical,1-800-426-0353, or +1-206-767-3500, ext.5148, or info@OlympicCFM.com


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