RAUMED Home ICP

Innovative intracranial pressure monitoring for neurosurgery and neurology

RAUMED Home ICP is the innovative intracranial pressure monitoring device for long-term home use. By means of a fully implanted telemetric catheter, RAUMED Home ICP measures the pressure inside the cranium, the intracranial pressure, or ICP. Its compact, handy design makes the device ideal for neuromonitoring outside of the hospital. 

Indications

RAUMED Home ICP was developed for long-term ICP measurement. The innovative device is used for supporting diagnostic and postoperative treatment of the following clinical pictures:

  • Hydrocephalus, congenital or acquired by accident/illness
  • Normal pressure or adult-onset hydrocephalus
  • Pseudotumor cerebri
  • Individual shunt settings
  • Slit-ventricle syndrome
  • Endoscopic third ventriculostomy
  • Headaches of unknown origin
  • Severe head injuries

Whether you are a neurosurgeon, neurologist or patient – here, you’ll learn more about the benefits of RAUMED Home ICP.

For physicians

  • Measures ICP during the patient’s everyday activities and when headaches and nausea are present

  • Realistic measurements taken while patients are active and over a longer period provide a comprehensive diagnostic basis

  • Data measured under everyday conditions can provide important findings for further treatment

  • Accurate intracranial pressure values thanks to transdermal measurement in the parenchyma of the brain
  • Brief, approx. 20-minute operation to implant the telemetric catheter

  • Fewer clinical measurements, especially during asymptomatic periods

  • Patients make recorded values directly available through self-measurement

  • Fewer interruptions in the clinical routine thanks to outpatient discussion of measured data

For patients

  • Normally, no stay in the intensive care unit is necessary after the telemetric catheter is implanted

  • Faster discharge from the hospital

  • Fewer clinical measurements

  • Freedom of movement in the home environment during ICP measurement

  • A wide range of activities can be performed

  • Reduced risk of infection because the telemetric catheter is fully implanted

  • Long-term measurement at home means there are fewer CT scans, MRIs and related medications

  • The device is small, handy and intuitive to use

  • Uncomplicated measurement through the scalp by means of a reader antenna

For hospitals

  • Patient has a shorter length of stay at the hospital

  • Overnight stays in hospital are less frequent

  • Saving time and effort due to fewer CT and/or MRI scans

FAQs

Hydrocephalus is the buildup of fluid (cerebrospinal fluid) in the cavities deep within the brain, which increases the size of the ventricles and puts pressure on the brain. Frequent symptoms include head and neck pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of fine motor skills and difficulty walking, and others. Patients with congenital hydrocephalus can have visibly larger heads, and in this case it is sometimes referred to as “water on the brain.” However, hydrocephalus can also be caused by accidents, such as with traumatic brain injury.

Adult-onset or normal pressure hydrocephalus can be acquired with advancing age. Most patients affected with it exhibit dementia-like symptoms that may be accompanied by gait abnormalities and incontinence. We also refer to acquired hydrocephalus when the illness arises as a result of intracranial inflammation or bleeding.

Patients with adult-onset hydrocephalus or normal pressure hydrocephalus often have higher ICP values only at night, which until now could only be rarely detected. Because the intracranial pressure appears normal (“normal pressure hydrocephalus”), yet patients exhibit dementia-like symptoms, dementia is often diagnosed as the clinical picture

When necessary, the neurosurgeon inserts a cerebral fluid shunt inside the cranium. This permanent, artificial drainage diverts the cerebral fluid from the cerebral ventricles into other body cavities, such as the abdomen. In addition, intracranial pressure measurements aid in the monitoring of the patient’s intracranial pressure.

Yes, because the shunt systems are only used to monitor the shunt’s functioning. Therefore, they are not intended for direct ICP measurement. In contrast, the implanted telemetric catheter NEUROVENT-P-tel from RAUMEDIC measures the direct pressure in the brain tissue over a period of up to three months.

In addition to care from their attending physician, self-help organizations can also be of assistance. For example, in Germany the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Spina Bifida und Hydrocephalus e.V. (ASBH) association has long acted as a self-help organization for people with hydrocephalus and spina bifida, their family and friends.

The RAUMED Home ICP is prescribed on the physician’s orders from the neurosurgical clinic. Clinics can contact RAUMEDIC directly. Please use the contact form on this page to do so.

The duration and frequency of the measurement is determined by the physician. As a rule, more frequent measurements lead to more meaningful data and a better assessment of the therapy’s success.

The NEUROVENT-P-tel can stay in the cranium for a maximum of three months.

The circular reader antenna is affixed to the top of the skull directly above the implanted telemetric catheter in order to read the data. A well-fitting head covering or elastic band have proven to be good solutions for this.

The physician programs the RAUMED Home ICP with a software program, the Setup Tool, which is then used to read and store the data in a CSV file. The RAUMED DataView software allows the measured data to be visualized.

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