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Case Studies

Patient Use

Kangaroo Care Safety

A triplet born prematurely at 25-weeks was placed in mother’s arms for Kangaroo Care, and with the movement, the AirWave detected upward movement of the tip of the endotracheal tube of 1.4 cm, occurring very quickly.

Using the AirWave, the Respiratory Therapist was able to quickly reposition the tip of the endotracheal tube back to the desired, ideal position. The mom was able to hold her baby for two hours.

Staff expressed that Kangaroo Care is a stressful situation because the endotracheal tube often moves, but they were much more comfortable with the AirWave monitoring the baby.


Tracheomalacia

A baby born prematurely at 23 weeks was ventilated for 10 weeks when the doctors suspected mild tracheomalacia, a condition characterized by weakening of the tracheal cartilage, widening of the posterior membranous wall, and reduced anterior-posterior airway caliber, factors that can cause tracheal collapse.

Within 12 hours of having the baby on the AirWave, the nurse noticed tracheal diameter decreasing from 5.2mm to 0.2mm, and oxygen saturation dropped into the 50s. This was occurring 6-10 times per hour.

The doctors were pleased that they were able to quickly confirm the tracheomalacia, which they had been suspecting for several weeks.


Endotracheal Tube Obstruction

A 10-day old infant, born prematurely at 29 weeks and ventilated using a 3.0mm endotracheal tube, was visibly agitated and experienced a heart rate increase from 150 to 200 beats per minute (bpm) and Sa02 decrease to 66%, all in a matter of 15 minutes.

The AirWave indicated an obstruction low in the endotracheal tube greater than 38%.

The Respiratory Therapist was able to concentrate suctioning on the area indicated by the AirWave, successfully removing the obstruction. The baby immediately settled down, and within 90 seconds, his heart rate returned to 150 bpm and saturation returned to 97%.


Hospital Use

Hospital A

In 10 months of using SonarMed’s AirWave, compared to the 30 months prior to AirWave use, a major hospital (Hospital A) drastically improved outcomes, providing statistical clinical and economic value of the AirWave:

  • Reduced number of unplanned extubations by 43%
  • Reduced average number of vent days per patient from 11.3 to 9.3 days, a 17.7% reduction
  • Reduced chest x-rays on micros by approx. 75%
  • Reduced ABGs
  • Reduced Tracheitis
  • Improved Suctioning
  • Saved a net of $180,545
  • Savings ratio of 5.3x with the AirWave
  • Saved more than $1,500 per intubated patient


Hospital B

In 5 months of using SonarMed’s AirWave, compared to the 5 months prior to AirWave use, a major hospital (Hospital B) significantly improved outcomes, providing statistical clinical and economic value of the AirWave:

  • Reduced number of unplanned extubations by 100%
  • Reduced average number of vent days per patient from 8.6 to 3.9 days, a decrease of 54%
  • Saved a net of $208,750
  • Savings ratio of 29x with the AirWave
  • Saved more than $1,800 per intubated patient

Training and Information Library

The following videos are modeled after SonarMed’s onsite in-service and contain both passive and hands-on components.

This video training is broken up into modules to make the training experience more flexible. While watching, we recommend that you have the AirWave Operator’s Manual on hand in case you want further clarification on any details. And if you still have questions after that, please do not hesitate to contact SonarMed® technical support.

NICU Module 1 AirWave Overview
NICU Module 2 Getting Started
NICU Module 3 Patient Monitoring
NICU Module 4 Waveform Analysis

Resources and Downloads

Product Literature

Keep up to date with developments in the field of airway management and with SonarMed happenings. You can also get the latest thinking directly from SonarMed on acoustic airway monitoring and its clinical application through our materials below. To help you make an informed decision about the AirWave airway monitoring system, download our brochure and other materials or request a demo.

Study Opportunities

SonarMed invites you to take part in clinical studies and in writing peer reviewed research articles to further demonstrate the AirWave’s clinical efficacy.

Contact us to learn more about clinical study opportunities.

Technical Support

For any technical issues with the SonarMed® AirWave™, please contact:

SonarMed® Inc.

1-855-240-0553

12220 N. Meridian Street, Suite 150

Carmel, IN 46032

or contact us here.