Hummingbird Sensing Technology, the leading manufacturer of gas sensing technologies for healthcare and industrial markets, has achieved a healthcare industry first with the launch of the Hummingbird Paracube Modus: the world’s first highly vibration resistant Paramagnetic oxygen sensor, designed specifically for integration into intra-hospital ventilation equipment.

Built on Hummingbird’s proven Paracube platform, which integrates Hummingbird’s world-leading magneto-dynamic paramagnetic oxygen sensing technology into a highly compact, RoHS-compliant sensor optimized for OEM integration, the Modus represents the first time this reliable, non-depleting technology has been developed for intra-hospital applications that require precise oxygen controlled delivery.

Martin Cox, Market Sector Manager – Sensing Technologies, Hummingbird, explains: “Our customers identified the need for an oxygen sensor that can withstand the levels of movement and vibration such as those associated with intra-hospital patient transfers.  Hummingbird’s engineers responded with a technically advanced and innovative design that meets the challenging conditions of mobile use.  Extensive test results show a dramatic reduction in the effects of vibration – up to a factor of 30 times reduction in direct comparison to a standard Paramagnetic cell.”

Martin adds: “The launch of the Paracube Modus is an extension of Hummingbird’s RoHS compliant Paramagnetic oxygen sensing range, already employed by the world’s top anesthesia and respiratory care equipment manufacturers.

“The Modus is another compelling reason why Hummingbird Paramagnetic sensors are the next generation replacement to electrochemical cell sensors, which are not only costly in terms of needing frequent replacement, but do not meet RoHS regulations on the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electronic equipment.

“As a non-depleting alternative, Hummingbird paramagnetic sensors have an indefinite lifetime.  This completely removes the need for frequent cell replacements and the need to ‘approximate’ when a change might be prudent.  Patient safety is safeguarded, while the cost-of-ownership is far lower over the lifetime of a medical device.”