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Key benefits of Heliox with Servo

Helping patients breathe easier

To support patients suffering from obstructive lung diseases, you can now get our Heliox therapy option on Servo-u, Servo-u MR and Servo-n ventilators. Heliox is a mixture of helium and oxygen that, due to its low density, facilitates laminar flow and minimizes airway pressure. This helps reduce the work of breathing (WoB) of patients with obstructed airways, such as those with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).[1]

*The Servo ventilator and and/or ventilator options presented on this page may be pending regulatory approvals to be marketed in your country. Contact your Getinge representative for more information. 

Servo-n Neonatal Ventilator comes with a pediatric option (PICU)

Wide-ranging and safe use

Heliox therapy can be used on a wide range of patients – from infants to adults and for all invasive and noninvasive ventilation modes, as well as in High Flow therapy. In combination with the integrated Aerogen nebulizer, it is often used as an adjuvant treatment while waiting for the onset of conventional pharmacological treatments.

bronchial tree in patients with obstructive lung disease

Examples of clinical benefits

  • Reduction of airway resistance Heliox reduces air flow resistance within the bronchial tree in patients with obstructive lung disease.[2],[3],[4]
  • Reduction in the work of breathing The low density of Heliox improves expiratory flow and decreases resistivework of breathing by converting density dependent turbulent air flow within the airways to laminar flow.[4]
Aerosol nebulizer Getinge Servo ventilator

Nebulization and Heliox therapy

Heliox improves aerosol deposition, with up to 50% more drug delivered, primarily because helium’s density is lower than air or oxygen, and the lower density means less gas turbulence and less aerosol-particle-impaction loss in the tubing and patient airways.[3],[4],[5],[6]

Adjunctive Heliox therapy

Adjunctive therapy for 70 years

Over the past 70 years, Heliox has been used as adjunctive therapy to overcome airflow-obstruction disorders, and been proven to be a safe therapy. Its low density makes it more fluid under conditions or turbulence, promoting a more laminar flow and helping patients to breathe more easily.

Heliox therapy promotes a smoother airflow and easier work of breathing in a typical asthma patient

How Heliox therapy promotes better laminar flow with less turbulence.

In the illustration above, you can see how the application of Heliox therapy promotes a smoother airflow and easier work of breathing in a typical asthma patient. To the left, note the turbulent air flow that arises in the asthma airway when breathing air/oxygen. By contrast, to the left we see how Heliox improves the laminar flow of breathing, with less turbulence.

Heliox option can be integrated into your Servo ventilators

New personalized therapy option

The Heliox option can be integrated into your Servo ventilators to provide you with even more therapy options for more personalized ventilation. You can quickly and easily switch between air and Heliox during ventilation without going to standby, saving time and improving comfort for the patient.

Servo ventilator screen Heliox

Safe, reliable and easy to use

When switching gas from air and O2 to Heliox and back, volume and CO2 monitoring as well as flow delivery are adjusted automatically by the ventilator’s Automatic Gas Identification. Heliox delivery is confirmed by the presence of the "HeO2" symbol on the screen. O2 concentration is easily adjusted between 21% - 100% and information texts facilitate Heliox administration in every mode.

Servo ventilators makes Heliox therapy cost effective to use

Cost-efficient approach

Your ability to wean patients with more options will support a better clinical result. In addition, the low gas consumption of Servo ventilators makes Heliox therapy cost effective to use. The Heliox therapy, can be added to your Servo-u, Servo-u MR or Servo-n ventilators. However, please note that Heliox therapy is not available in the neonatal patient category.

Key benefits of Heliox with Servo

Key benefits of Heliox with Servo

  • Minimizes airway resistance due to laminar flow
  • Cost-efficient due to low gas consumption
  • Can be combined with all ventilation modes, from invasive to NIV, High Flow therapy and nebulization
  • Quick and easy to switch from Heliox to air and back during ventilation
  • Adjustable O2 concentration, 21% – 100%

Servo-u Ventilator

Servo-u gives you many options for personalized lung protection and weaning. All are easy to understand, implement and use, making it simple to integrate advanced personalized ventilation strategies into your daily patient care. *The Servo ventilator and and/or ventilator options presented on this page may be pending regulatory approvals to be marketed in your country. Contact your Getinge representative for more information.

Read more about Servo-u Mechanical Ventilator

Servo-u MR Conditional Ventilator

Ventilate all patient categories during MR scanning,from invasive and non-invasive ventilation to high-flow therapy.[1] *The Servo ventilator and and/or ventilator options presented on this page may be pending regulatory approvals to be marketed in your country. Contact your Getinge representative for more information.

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Servo-n Neonatal Ventilator

Help your neonates breathe, sleep and grow at every step of respiratory support with just one device. *The Servo ventilator and and/or ventilator options presented on this page may be pending regulatory approvals to be marketed in your country. Contact your Getinge representative for more information.

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All references

  1. Herman J, Baram M. In the Midst of Turbulence, Heliox Kept Her Alive. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017.

  2. Leatherman JW. Mechanical ventilation for severe asthma. In: Tobin, MJ, ed. Principles and Practice of Mechanical Ventilation, 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2013.

  3. Pilbeam SP, Barraza P, Raymond W, Timon B, Ivey C. Special techniques in ventilatory support. In: Pilbeam SP and Cairo JM ed. Mechanical Ventilation, 4th ed. St Louis: Elsevier;2006: 321-327.

  4. Fink J; Opportunities and Risks of Using Heliox in Your Clinical Practice; Respir Care 2006;51(6):651– 660.

  5. Bigham MT, Jacobs BR, Monaco MA et al; Helium/oxygen-driven albuterol nebulization in the management of children with status asthmaticus: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial; Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2010 May

  6. Alcoforado L, Brandão S, Rattes C et al; Evaluation of lung function and deposition of aerosolized bronchodilators carried by heliox associated with positive expiratory pressure in stable asthmatics: a randomized clinical trial; Respir Med. 2013