Covidien recently announced a three-year, single-source agreement for the BIS Brain Monitoring System with Novation, the leading health care supply chain company with more than $40 billion in annual purchases  for members of VHA, UHC, Children’s Hospital Association, and Provista LLC.

The BIS system, when used as an adjunct to standard anesthesia monitoring practices, allows clinicians to non-invasively assess patient consciousness levels during surgery by measuring electrical activity in the brain. Real-time assessment of the anesthetic effect on the brain enables individualized anesthetic dosing during procedures, ensuring patients are not over- or under- sedated.  

Numerous peer-reviewed, published articles indicate BIS technology delivers a number of demonstrated benefits* for patients and hospitals alike, including:  

• Up to 40% faster wake-up times for patients

• Up to 32% faster eligibility for discharge from the post anesthesia care unit

• Up to 50% decrease in anesthetic drug use in the operating room

• Up to 80% lower incidence of intraoperative awareness with recall in adults                                                                                                                                

“We are delighted Novation has committed to making BIS technology available to its member hospitals for another three years,” says Matthew Anderson, Covidien’s vice president and general manager, respiratory, and monitoring solutions. “Hospitals that enable  their  anesthesia  professionals  access to BIS technology can benefit from shorter patient recovery times and faster discharge rates from the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. This is better for patients and can help hospitals reduce their operating costs.”