> Does it work on cats?
Yes! In particular small animals benefit from DexSmart leadless patch because of the small area to be shaved and absence of cables. We recommend DexSmart2 for use with cats in combination with BlueSensor-N electrodes. AMBU BlueSensor-N deliver excellent signal capture while not sticking too strong to sensitive cat skin.
> On how many computers can we install the software?
The number of software installations is not limited or restricted. Feel free to download on all of your computers that are compatible with the software and move the antenna stick around to make CardioExplorer work.
> Can we run CardioExplorer in different rooms?
You will need additional USB antenna sticks requiring additional license purchases. Then you can monitor patients in rooms too far apart to be covered by one antenna.
> How many patients can be displayed with CardioExplorer?
Up to 6 in parallel for live-streaming. If more are needed, install CardioExplorer on a second computer.
> What is the max range antenna range?
Every wireless connection is only as good as the two radio antennae inside the transmitters. In our case at least 1km in the open space without obstruction and at least covering the entire ICU area. Range goes beyond the primary room inside buildings but fades with any metal in doors, walls, tables and lead liners (x-ray areas). We tested the usual metal cages including oxygen cages to ensure compliance.
> What happens when the the signal is lost/patient disconnected?
In automatic mode, the patient will come online again the moment it is back in reach, sometimes it takes a few seconds delayed by Microsoft, in manual mode user can click on the transmitter button to force reconnection. When signal is lost all data is saved in transmitter for later download.
> How do we place the electrodes and transmitters?
Please see the respective manuals for the transmitters. DexSmart attaches directly to the skin using BlueSensor one-time-use electrode pads made by AMBU forming a triangle on the left or right side of the rib cage. The lead cables for VET-Scout attach on the rib-cage forming a triangle. Vet-Scout transmitter is then stuffed into a shirt or mounted on the back of the animal.
> What is the difference between the transmitter models?
User can can choose from three different models that all share the same electronics, recording functions and features.
Black DexSmart2 is waterproof with 12 hours online time in ICU mode (3 days as Holter). Ideal for clinics with 4-6 transmitters per station using the multicharger.
White DexSmart2 has a mechanical USB port and therefore not waterproof designed for Holter users with no need for many transmitters.
Vet-Scout3 used lead cables, has a built-in battery delivering a longer 24 hr online and 7 day Holter recording time.
> What is the Multi-charger good for?
We recently developed the Multi-charger for as an accessory with DexSmart2. Users can charge the DexSmart2 transmitters without removing the battery as with older DexSmart. This makes it easier to use. The Multi-charger can also download a Holter recording from one of the 4 charging stations. Several multi-chargers can be stacked together to create larger arrays using only one power brick.
> What is the max heart rate it can display?
While originally designed for humans the software has been adjusted to display very fast paced animals. We use a FDA compliant calibrated simulator to measure the accuracy of the system but the simulators only go to 650 beats/min. Anything above will be displayed but not guaranteed.
> What if the Bluetooth connection is interrupted during monitoring?
The transmitter will save the data inside as a safety feature and even if all is lost it can be downloaded via USB. The live display will resume when connection is restored.
> How many patients can the database handle?
We have customers with 20,000 or more recordings and several thousand patients, your system or network drive sets the limit. PDF only is a few MB. Full data download using USB will record 100MB per 24 hrs.
> How long will the Lithium battery last in VET-Scout?
Longevity: We expect VET-Scout to have an operational use for 7-10 years with daily use and proper care. Battery can be replaced by us, repair charges apply.
> How long will the Lithium battery last in DexSmart?
DexSmart batteries are external and can be replaced opening the screw cap. They should be replaced once a year and cost very little. Otherwise the system will last until you break or lose it.
> Can we mix transmitters?
While not recommended you can mix VET-Scout with DexSmart transmitters on the same installation. There is no difference in recorded or displayed functions. VET-scout has a longer but built-in battery. DexSmart can only live-stream for 12 hours but battery swap will enable “endless” monitoring.
> How many users do you have?
We have several hundred clinical installations of the CardioExplorer ICU version in human and veterinary medicine.