Why choose ALPE?

The struggle to assess gas exchange

The struggle for ways to quantify abnormal gas exchange in patients has been going on for many years. During the 1980s the use of pulse oximetry and arterial blood gas analysis became standard routine in the health care sector. These technologies have provided a major leap forward in caring for the hypoxemic patient, but unfortunately single measurements of arterial saturation do not give the full picture of gas exchange problems and do not provide sufficient detail to decide on specific therapeutic interventions.

The principles for pulmonary gas exchange are well-known, but gas exchange is dependent on many varying factors such as insufficient ventilation, shunting of blood, ventilation-perfusion mismatch, abnormal diffusion capacity, cardiac output, and acid-base state of the arterial blood. Full understanding of an oxygenation problem therefore requires complex measurements which have been impractical with today’s technology in daily clinical use. ALPE essential is the clinical solution. 

The traditional ways to treat hypoxemic patients are supplementary oxygen, diuretics or by alveoli recruitment techniques such as for example CPAP. ALPE essential supply health care professionals with evidence to decide the most adequate treatment for the oxygenation problem.

Until now the advanced measurement of the lungs ability to oxygenate blood has only been possible in the laboratory, i.e. the MIGET method. ALPE essential has in a comparative study has been shown to be a clinically applicable technique which can measure the same parameters with a significantly comparable quality and precision.

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