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The scientific wonder that captivated the medical world

Over 50 years ago, Getinge launched the world’s first flow-controlled ventilator with a rapid servo control system – The Servo Ventilator. “Our ventilators have always been synonymous with innovation, reliability, and enduring quality. These inherited values will keep defining tomorrow’s Servo Ventilators,” says Anders Häggström, Global Product Manager at Getinge.

When it launched back in the early 70´s, the Servo Ventilator was a scientific wonder that captivated the medical world by pioneering personalized ventilation and changing the perception of intensive care ventilation.

“It was a small, silent, yet powerful electronic device that challenged conventional wisdom and instantly responded to changes in patient needs. The Servo Ventilator is not just an engineering marvel; it is a mindset intrinsic in our DNA,” says Anders Häggström, Global Product Manager at Getinge.

He continues:

“This conviction has driven our pursuit in discovering new techniques in the treatment of critically ill patients. We are constantly evolving and reinventing our therapies and innovative solutions with the aim to help wean the patient off the ventilator as quickly and safe as possible. Ultimately, resulting in better outcomes, while using fewer resources.”

Today’s Servo Ventilators have evolved from over 50 years of close collaboration with medical professionals around the world. They offer a wide range of modes and therapies, such as the groundbreaking Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA), where the patient’s neural respiratory drive is controlling the Servo Ventilator.

“The physiological challenges and risk factors of mechanical ventilation, importantly highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic, implies that the Servo Ventilator has a powerful toolkit that is easy to understand and provides the right protection, for each patient at the right time,” explains Anders.

In addition, Getinge offers baby-friendly ventilation to help premature babies breathe more easily and naturally in synchrony with the ventilator, so that their energy can be preserved.

“Every tiny baby who is admitted to the Neonatal ICU deserves to get the best possible chance in life, where our Servo Ventilator technology is there to help minimizing risks to their physical and mental development as much as possible,” says Anders.

“Our ventilators have always been synonymous with clinical innovation, reliability, and enduring quality. These inherited values will keep defining tomorrow’s Servo Ventilators to meet the emerging clinical needs in our unpredictable world.”

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