Heart failure clinics have become the cornerstone of providing guideline-directed medical therapy allowing Heart Failure patients to live longer and better lives. That means aggressive medical therapy including titration of RAAS-inhibitors, beta-blockers and other life-saving agents. However, HF clinics are also the front line in keeping patients from bouncing in and out of the hospital. With the ReDS™ system, practitioners can get a noninvasive, accurate and actionable measurement of a patient’s lung fluid in just 90 seconds. “The ReDS™ device can be used in the clinic for a spot check on patients to correlate readings with their Heart Failure signs and symptoms or to look for lung congestion in patients who may have equivocal symptoms,” says William T. Abraham, MD, FACP, FACC, Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Ohio State University.
Emergency Department (ED)
In the emergency department (ED), every second counts. ED providers must provide accurate, actionable assessments quickly and confidently, to keep patients safe and to improve the speed and efficiency of patient flow. By providing an accurate, fast and absolute measurement, ReDS™ helps improve triage and decision support in the ED, and can help avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.
The ReDS™ system allows providers, e.g., cardiologists, hospitalists and mid-levels, to quickly and accurately measure the degree of a patient’s congestion in just 90 seconds, optimizing care while keeping patient hospital stays as short as possible.
“It can create a win-win for the patient and the hospital,” says William T. Abraham, MD, FACP, FACC, Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Ohio State University. “Patients get targeted care and providers have an objective measure of when lung congestion has been removed.”
With the ReDS™ lung fluid measurement system, SNF staff can directly measure lung fluid in patients with chronic Heart Failure in just 90 seconds as part of their routine vitals assessment and make sure that patients are staying dry and avoiding recurrent volume overload. The ReDS™ system can also be used on residents complaining of shortness of breath to help assess what role Heart Failure may be playing in their symptoms, and help refine diagnosis and treatment without a visit to the ER.