Covidien announced that it has released NeoMode software upgrade for the Puritan Bennett 840 ventilator worldwide which helps to better manage neonate patients.

This upgraded software helps to increase set FiO2 by 20 percent for a period of up to two minutes. The noninvasive, neonatal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) reduces nuisance alarms when patients are breathing noninvasively. Moreover, as neonates grow, the required base-level software upgrade enables to easily adjust the ideal body weight (IBW) setting without disconnecting the patient or power-cycling the ventilator.

Covidien, through collaboration with practitioners developed the NeoMode software upgrade with insight on which ventilator features were most critical to provide patient safety and life support for neonate patients.

“These enhancements are aimed at helping clinicians more effectively manage neonates and premature infants,” said Douglas M. Hansell, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions, Covidien. “Being able to easily adjust the ventilator when neonates grow rapidly will naturally facilitate care, as well as maintain the appropriate levels of oxygen. In addition, the reduction in nuisance alarms will help the clinical staff be more efficient.”

“Covidien is committed to developing healthcare solutions that meet the highest standards of medical efficacy,” said Jim Willett, Vice President and General Manager, Ventilation and Airway, Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions, Covidien. “This software upgrade reflects our ongoing commitment to innovation and to enhancing the functionality, reliability and accuracy of all our respiratory care tools.”