PatCom mobile and portable FEES systems
Integrated camera processor eliminates the need of heavy control unit
Camera technology with fine focus provides sharp images no matter the position in the pharynx
Small diameters of 3.4mm and 2.8mm allow exams of children, adults and especially difficult passages
Rounded endoscope tip for increased patient comfort and easy guidance
Adjustable high power LED technology for optimal brightness
One simple USB connection for ultimate portability and technical simplicity
The PatCom FEES system for Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) doesn't require a processor to connect your endoscope to a computer. All it needs is one USB cable. As a result the PatCom FEES system is the most portable and light weight system imaginable. In addition to this, you have to deal with fewer technical issue as the cable connection between an endoscope and a processor in other systems is a common source for technical problems.
The PatCom FEES endoscope comes in small diameters of 3.4mm and 2.8mm which makes it the perfect choice for adults and children of all ages. The highly innovative camera technology allows for the system to be connected to either Windows or Mac computers.
In addition to the integrated camera processor the PatCom FEES system is equipped with light technology that delivers more brightness than most systems. The ability to manually adjust brightness is an additional feature that is crucial when performing FEES.
Ergonomic handling of your endoscope when performing FEES is very important. Holding your endoscope for up to 20 minutes per exam can put significant stress on your own body. Therefore, the Patcom FEES system is designed as a light weight, ergonomic solution. The design allows you to use the endoscope while remaining a natural 90 degree angle of your elbow leaving it close to your body. This is the ideal positioning for you while performing the FEES exam.
Infection control and the proper cleaning of your endoscopes is crucial to prevent any cross contamination between patients. PatCom endoscopes are designed to be fully submerged in liquid which allows the best possible cleaning of endoscopes. Thorough and accurate manual cleaning is the recommended method of cleaning as it is the most gentle cleaning process for the equipment. Several machine cleaning options are also available and should be discussed with a representative. The simple manual cleaning procedure generally follows these steps (for complete cleaning instructions please refer to the cleaning manual):
Prior to every cleaning a leak test has to be successfully passed. The necessary accessories come with the endoscope
Clean the endoscope under running water (drinking quality) until it is completely free from residue.
Wipe the endoscope with a clean disposable cloth or sponge soaked with an adequate detergent.
Submerge the endoscope fully or the insertion portion in high level disinfectant (e.g. ortho-phthalaldehyde also known as OPA). Follow the HLD manufacturer's guideline for proper immersion duration.
Rinse the endoscope under running water (drinking quality) until all HLD is removed from the endoscope
Manually tap dry the endoscope with a lint-free cloth
For a successful fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) exam the recording of the exam in video and audio is important. The audio recording portion is highly valuable as you are able to listen to your own announcements of food trials as you were feeding your patient. This will help you to correlate the visual recording of the swallow and the food trial given when writing your report. It is a big time saver for you. As far as the video recording is concerned there should be several basic features that your software should include:
Take snapshot of video frame. This is to add a still image of a swallow to your report.
Play/Pause to stop your video for examination and to take a high quality snap shot.
Fast Forward to get to the next swallow in your recording quicker.
Slow Motion to evaluate anatomical movement in great detail.
Frame by Frame movement through the video recording to utilize highest quality frames.
The PatCom software suite includes multiple software options that are tailored to your specific needs. A basic software design including all features mentioned above is available. For hospitals requiring a patient database, Dicom capabilities and higher compliance levels a separate software solution is offered. Your PatCom representative can discuss the different software solutions in detail.
Mobile Cart set up for hospitals
Laptop set up for mobile FEES
IV pole set up for space restricted facilities
The PatCom FEES configurations are designed for specific requirements depending on what type of setting you are working in. The mobile cart solution offers a spacious work area during your FEES exam. It can be used to place food trials and accessories. The sturdy base of the cart and large wheels make it move smoothly through your facility.
The most portable endoscope system available is the lap top set up which today is the most light weight solution available. Moving to multiple facilities throughout your day while turning your FEES system on and off is a simple task with this solution. This is made possible by the innovative technology that allows us to build in the camera processor.
The IV pole FEES system is designed for facilities where equipment storage space is an issue. This mobile set up benefits from a very small footprint. It is equipped with a touch screen tablet style computer that can be removed for storage.
Basic FEES course included
Competency Training on demand
Continued Education ensured
At PatCom we understand that the best equipment is just one ingredient for a successful Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) program. What's equally important is that you receive the best basic training and competency training possible. This is why PatCom Medical Inc. collaborates with the world leaders in FEES education. Any new customer receives free access to a basic FEES course included in the new equipment purchase. In addition to this, further competency training and master classes are available on demand. Education is such an essential part of FEES that PatCom Medical will support you in this regard on an ongoing basis.
Training and Competency
Pledge to raise industry standard of customer service to new levels
7 day technical support by phone, email and text
Remote access software service included
Free loaner during repair
One of the the main reasons PatCom Medical Inc. was established is the desire to commit to a level of customer service that goes above and beyond what others do. The PatCom service concept includes a variety of more and less common elements that ensure our customers are able to perform their own work without interruption. However, it this the underlying understanding of everyone at PatCom to make our customer's problems ours to solve that sets us apart.
As responsiveness is a key element of good service we offer support 7 days a week by phone, email and text. We offer remote access service free of charge where we have the ability to take control of your FEES system's computer to solve any software related issues within minutes.
If your equipment ever needs to be serviced at our service center we offer free loaners during the repair process. To keep the turn around time itself as short as possible a US based service center is available. The reason why it takes companies a long time to service endoscopes is not the actual work that needs to be done but the process and time it takes to get there. This is where PatCom is different.
There is a chance that you have existing endoscopy equipment from a third party manufacturer. PatCom Medical is able to provide service for a number of systems and is able to integrate new equipment with what you already own.
What is Dysphagia?
Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe difficulty swallowing. It can mean that a patient has difficulty starting a swallow (oropharyngeal dysphagia or pharyngeal dysphagia) and the sensation of food being stuck in the neck or chest (esophageal dysphagia). Oropharyngeal dysphagia can be the result of abnormal functioning of muscles and nerves of the mouth, pharynx and upper esophageal sphincter (often abbreviated UES). When a patient is being evaluated for dysphagia, it is important for the healthcare professional to determine which type of dysphagia is more likely, oropharyngeal or esophageal, as different tests are ordered for each type. Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) play a very important role in the assessment and treatment of pharyngeal dysphagia.
PatCom Medical aims to be a loyal partner to Speech Language Pathologists performing Fibertoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). Having the right equipment, training and support allows the SLP to focus on what is most important: the patient.
What is Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing?
Flexible fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) is a procedure designed to assess swallowing function through the use of a flexible nasopharyngoscope which offers visualization and imaging to examine the pharyngeal and laryngeal structures. The endoscopic assessment can be a valuable addition to the evaluation and treatment of the pharyngeal swallow. This procedure allows a trained and skilled speech language pathologist to evaluate the swallowing impairment as well as appraise the effects of swallowing treatment.
The combination of excellent medical equipment for the procedure of flexible or fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing and one of a kind customer service is how Patcom Medical would like to win and keep their customers. The team at PatCom has many years of experience in the field and is committed to doing its part in improving patient care on an ongoing basis.
PatCom Introducer for pharyngeal manometry
The PatCom Introducer uses visualization capabilities from endoscopes for transnasal navigation into the esophagus. Once in place it functions as a channel to guide catheters into position in the esophagus and stomach. It eliminates the patient's discomfort and general risks associated with the placements of such catheters.
The PatCom Introducer shows proven advantages in the placement of:
- Manometry Catheters
- pH monitoring catheters
- NG feeding tubes