Critical Care & COVID-19
We are committed to support front-line healthcare professionals and help them to deliver high-value critical care to patients at each stage of COVID-19 disease management: diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and follow-up.
Supporting US healthcare workers during COVID-19
US healthcare workers are dealing with an unprecedented crisis. We are here standing in support, from employee volunteers to donations and products that can support patient diagnosis and assessment. Our 13,000 North American employees, backed by 40,000 globally, are working to help fight COVID-19.
Stories from our people on the front lines
Erin Summers – a source for good
Erin Summers, a clinical education specialist in the U.S., was moved to make masks and volunteer on the front line as an X-ray technologist.
Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic
We are fully committed to supporting our partners in the healthcare system to provide the best possible care for patients.
Are you looking for COVID-19 related information? Please check out our dedicated content sections:
COVID-19 response ꟷ Clinical
RT-PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2
The new FTD SARS-CoV-2 real time PCR Assay (RUO)1 from Siemens Healthineers is now available2 for molecular laboratories. A dual-target design for SARS-CoV-2 identification provides assay robustness and optimal sensitivity, specificity, and inclusivity. The FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay uses the same assay setup protocol and thermal-cycling profile as all FTD respiratory pathogens kits from Siemens Healthineers.3
Comprehensive lab testing to manage increased workload
Fast, accurate detection and monitoring for the variety of health issues that may arise as part of COVID-19 disease management are critical. Our comprehensive portfolio of systems and extensive menu in immunoassay, chemistry, hematology, hemostasis, molecular, and urinalysis, in conjunction with automation, informatics and services can help support the essential role of laboratory diagnostics. We are expanding our infectious-disease testing capabilities to address the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, Siemens Healthineers is developing a SARS CoV-2 serology assay4 and is also exploring potential partnerships to help address this health crisis.
Manage patients in triage locations
In order to help inform clinical decisions during the COVID-19 crisis, labs need systems that are easy to install and run with broad menus to test patients for other related or unrelated medical conditions that may exist. Our compact, integrated chemistry and immunoassay testing system5 provides a simple user interface to rapidly mobilize testing with quick turnaround times for certain critical tests. A disposable, sealed cuvette design may help reduce contact with potentially infectious sample mixtures and aerosols.
POC Critical Care
Blood gas systems are used in the management of ventilated patients under respiratory distress.
The RAPIDPoint® 500e Blood Gas System and epoc® Blood Analysis System are essential analyzers supporting COVID-19 response efforts, where blood gas testing plays a critical role in managing infected patients and monitoring their respiratory distress. The analyzers integrate seamlessly into hospital networks with the Point of Care Ecosystem™, which offers remote management of operators and devices.
Computed Tomography (CT) images used in evaluation of infectious disease
CT images can help physicians differentiate between various types of infectious acquired diseases. Viral acquired pneumonia (incl. COVID-19) can be characterized by different patterns of lung changes and their locations6. High resolution (HR) lung images (slice thickness <= 1.5 mm) are required for evaluation of such lung diseases. Based on experiences reported to us from other countries impacted by COVID-19, we see a need for one CT system for every 100 ICU beds. In addition, our mobile CT workflow provides the capability for technologists to maintain a 1.5 m (6 ft) distance from potentially infected patients.
Evaluation of pneumonia with radiography
Radiography supports initial assessment of severity and monitoring of disease progression. Chest radiographs can show characteristic signs of viral acquired pneumonia. MULTIX Impact is a flexible, modular radiography system which covers a wide range of clinical requirements. Siemens Healthineers offers specific solutions for deployment in temporary COVID-19 diagnostic and therapeutic setups. These systems can also be installed in in stationary indoor and outdoor container solutions to provide access in high-demand or in isolated areas.
Monitoring and triaging of pneumonia with mobile radiography
Mobile radiography systems help with the monitoring of disease progression in particularly severe cases. The devices can be driven directly to patients in the intensive care unit, for example, eliminating the need for patients to be transported through the hospital. MOBILETT Elara Max offers improved hygienic conditions thanks to antimicrobial coating, fully integrated cables, and smooth and closed surfaces.
Cios mobile C-arms – an option for lung imaging
Current literature suggests chest radiography as a staging or triaging option in COVID-19 patients.7 Mobile C-arms are not specifically designed for COVID-19 diagnosis. Cios Alpha and Cios Spin can provide high-quality chest digital radiography (DR) images8 when portable X-ray is not available. Cios mobile C-arms can be positioned flexibly according to the imaging needs in standing, sitting or lying patients. The systems offer antimicrobial coating, smooth and closed surfaces and approved cleaning and draping protocols for infection control.
Fast, simple and mobile ultrasound imaging
Ultrasound provides a fast, simple and portable clinical imaging solution when scanning for Coronavirus. Ultrasound machines used today for COVID-19 include the ACUSON P500™, designed to support clinicians with ultrasound applications that include lung, cardiac and FAST exams, as well as interventional procedures at the bedside.
Molecular imaging hybrid devices support screening demands
Hybrid molecular imaging devices can be used as stand alone diagnostic Computed Tomography (CT) systems to perform a full range of CT applications, including high-resolution lung imaging protocols. Hybrid imaging systems can thereby extend CT capacity during peak demand. High-resolution Biograph™ PET/CT and Symbia™ SPECT/CT systems can be used as stand alone CTs to aid in characterizing of lung changes.14
Evaluation of pneumonia with CT simulators
Modern CT Simulators provide the same high resolution diagnostic capabilities as CT scanners in Radiology to help assess the severity of the lung involvement in COVID-19 patients.15 They have access to lung imaging protocols allowing the whole lung to be covered quickly.
Magnetic Resonance (MR) images support physicians in detecting cardiac injury
Recent studies in China and Italy16,17,18 have indicated that myocardial injury is common among patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and is associated with a higher risk of in-hospital mortality. Cardiovascular MRI (CMR) can be useful in supporting physicians detect and monitor cardiac injury (e.g. myocarditis) as a possible complication of COVID-19, according to the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR).
To help perform comprehensive CMR exams, we offer a free, 90-day trial license for our standardization and automation technology, Cardiac Dot Engine.19
COVID-19 response ꟷ Operational
Remote scanning assistance to ensure care continuity
Remote operations may also help reduce staff exposure to infectious patients and may allow employees, who are under quarantine, to continue working. syngo Virtual Cockpit enables remote scanning assistance to imaging personnel – regardless of their geographic location. Assistance can even be provided from home with a simple laptop.9 With syngo Virtual Cockpit, your best technologists can assist on up to three exams at once, distributing their skills and experience across sites in real time.
syngo Virtual Cockpit Lite offers remote scanning assistance from any networked computer within your facility, and enables access to one scanner at a time using syngo Expert-i.
Sharing image studies to expand reading expertise and capacities
Digital collaboration capabilities can enable staff to support clinical personnel in high-demand areas remotely and may allow employees who are under quarantine to continue to assist in reading images. Participation of expert radiologists located in different time zones can allow shared images to be reviewed efficiently. teamplay Images is a secure, cloud-based image sharing service for DICOM files.10 It provides access to imaging studies quickly and easily from desktop computers or tablets and enables secured sharing and discussion of relevant cases beyond the institution. teamplay Images is easily deployed through teamplay digital health platform.
A communication app for medical professionals
Social distancing and the prevention of unnecessary exposure to germs are the most effective measures to protect medical staff, especially at times when demand is high. New, digital ways of augmenting communication and collaboration reduce the need for personal interaction. Join can help health systems to create new ways of working, aiming to protect staff and increase employee availability beyond physical locations. Join11 enables medical professionals to collaborate from anywhere at any time via chat, audio, video calls, and sharing of documents and medical images. Join is easily deployed through teamplay digital health platform.
Customer Services for your equipment resources
Customer Services can continue to support you 24/7. Our experts can use advanced troubleshooting technology to virtually assist you and your equipment. Additionally, LifeNet online portal enables 24/7 performance and maintenance management of critical equipment.
COVID-19 Education and Workforce Resources for Healthcare Employees
Staying informed and trained on current topics and supplementing staff shortages are critical during this time of need. Onsite education is now provided to you online enabling our customers to conveniently stay educated and trained on topics. Additionally, there are resources to supplement your staff shortages and offer relief to healthcare workers and providers.
Online education and knowledge resources on COVID-19
As healthcare providers and care teams are looking for knowledge and education on equipment applications, imaging protocols, and examination workflows, we are continuously expanding our education and knowledge hub PEPconnect. Regularly we are creating new resources, including video tutorials, to share relevant information on best use for our pathway related equipment, as well as general information on COVID-19.
Consulting solutions for enterprise-wide challenges
Health systems and hospitals are facing unprecedented challenges that require rapid, enterprise-wide strategic shifts in order to provide the best care possible to patients affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic. With our combined expertise in enterprise-wide solutions, and strategic and transformational consulting, we are here to solve for your immediate challenges and guide you through the rapid deployment of new strategies, workflows, and technologies. Example solutions include: Rapid Activation Management Consulting, Reimbursement and Payer Impact Projections, and Capacity and Demand Management.
CT and X-ray imaging where it is needed
Most COVID-19 centers are confronted with an immediate need to increase system capacity. To support in these cases, Enterprise Services from Siemens Healthineers offers simple and standardized solutions to optimize room preparation and planning for CT and X-ray imaging. We offer guidance and complete planning regarding radiation protection for imaging rooms aimed at being suitable for COVID-19 centers, e.g. modular building, implementation in exhibition area or similar approaches.
Deployable Modular Buildings
Imaging centers are under pressure to build conventional X-ray rooms in unconventional settings. Meeting the demand requires creativity, as radiology rooms are needed in parks, parking lots, and empty arenas. Deployable Modular Buildings give healthcare providers a flexible way to create temporary X-ray space in unexpected places. The transportable building accommodates the Siemens Healthineers Multix Impact, a radiography system that helps monitor disease progression in particularly severe cases.
COVID-19 response ꟷ Additional Resources
Webinar: A Contemporary Approach to Managing the Pandemic
Three experts from the fields of infectious disease, pulmonology, and radiology, share strategies for and learnings from dealing with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ECG Management Consultants – trusted advice on COVID-19
As your organization serves your community, ECG Management Consultants – A Siemens Healthineers Company – can offer support. We are providing accurate and actionable intelligence on COVID-19 preparedness and response as quickly as possible. Every day, our experts in healthcare strategy, finance, operations, and technology are sharing strategic and tactical, real-world approaches on how to help mitigate the effects of this crisis.
1Currently for Research Use Only (RUO). Siemens Healthineers is pursuing FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and WHO Emergency Use Assessment and Listing (EUAL) certification.
2Available in limited quantities in April 2020.
3Visit fast-trackdiagnostics.com for a list of compatible instruments. Customers are responsible for validating the assay on instruments listed in the compatibility list.
4In development; not available for sale. Future availability cannot be guaranteed.
5Product availability may vary from country to country and is subject to varying regulatory requirements.
6Walker et al.: Imaging Pulmonary Infection: Classic Signs and Patterns AJR:202, March 2014
7Pan et al. Intensive Care Med 2020;46:573-575; https://doi.org/10.1007/s00134-020-05964-0
8Gildea et al. J Bronchol Intervent Pulmonol 2020;27:153-155; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32209919
9A secure VPN connection to the department network is required. Other appropriately trained personnel must be in the room to care for patient, position the patient, and manually start the scan.
10The DICOM viewer is not intended for diagnostic display. Due to regulations data exchange between data center regions is restricted. The products/features/service offerings are not commercially available in all countries. If the services are not marketed in countries due to regulatory or other reasons, the service offering cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further details.
11Siemens Healthineers is neither the provider nor reseller nor legal manufacturer of the 3rd party applications in Siemens Healthineers Store. Any claims made for 3rd party applications and all warranty obligations are the sole responsibility of the legal manufacturer and not Siemens Healthineers. Additionally, the 3rd party applications mentioned may not be commercially available in all countries.
12Service only available in USA and Germany (German name: MTRA on Demand), this is released for all in-vivo modalities, not for in-vitro.
13Precondition: the equipment needs to be connected to Smart Remote Services (SRS).
14Symbia T and Intevo Excel are not indicated for use as a stand alone CT
15Fang et al., Sensitivity of Chest CT for COVID-19: Comparison to RT-PCR, Radiology 2020
16Shi S, Qin M, Shen B, et al. Association of Cardiac Injury With Mortality in Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. JAMA Cardiol. Published online March 25, 2020.
17Guo T, Fan Y, Chen M, et al. Cardiovascular Implications of Fatal Outcomes of Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). JAMA Cardiol. Published online March 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.1017
18Inciardi RM, Lupi L, Zaccone G, et al. Cardiac Involvement in a Patient With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). JAMA Cardiol. Published online March 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.1096=
19Not available in all countries.
The products/features and/or service offerings (here mentioned) are not commercially available in all countries and/or for all modalities. If the services are not marketed in countries due to regulatory or other reasons, the service offering cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens Healthineers organization for further details.
Due to high demand, availability in certain regions may be affected, please contact your local Siemens Healthineers organization for details.