Last year when SeQual launched Eclipse 5, it seemed like there could never be a better continuous flow POC but recently SeQual itself introduced a remarkable model eQuinox which is smaller and lighter version of Eclipse 5 with added features like Multi Language voice interface.
Compact machine with the dimensions of 13.6" H x 10.6" W x 7" D.
About 30% smaller than SeQual Eclipse.
Sequal eQuinox weighs 6.4 kg (14 lbs) with the 12 cell battery placed inside it.
The POC is:
SeQual has done an incredible job in retaining the features of Eclipse 5 in a much more compact body.
Provides Continuous flow from 0.5 LPM to 3 LPM with increments of 0.5.
SeQual eQuinox is the only POC in market which provides such a massive oxygen bolus. Its Pulse dose mode with 192 mL bolus is almost equivalent to the continuous flow of 7-8 LPM.
Bolus for Pulse Settings:
Setting 1 - 16 mL
Setting 2 - 32 mL
Setting 3 - 48 mL
Setting 4 - 64 mL
Setting 5 - 80 mL
Setting 6 - 96 mL
Setting 7 - 128 mL
Setting 8 - 160 mL
Setting 9 - 192 mL
A remarkable feature that eQuinox has retained from Eclipse 5 is the adjustable pulse trigger sensitivity.
The SeQual eQuinox provides 3 sensitivity settings ranging from 1-3 where patients making more efforts to breath can choose high sensitivity settings.
90% (+5.5% / -3%) in operating range @ sea level.
The SeQual eQuinox POC works on 3 sources:
Sequal eQuinox, comes with a removable standard 12 cell battery. There is an option of buying a 24 cell battery to almost double the battery duration.
|Continuous Flow||12-Cell Battery||24-Cell Battery|
|0.5||2.48 hours||5.28 hours|
|1||2.16 hours||4.84 hours|
|2||1.21 hours||2.75 hours|
|3||0.80 hours||1.84 hours|
|Setting||12-Cell Battery||24-Cell Battery|
|16mL (1 setting)||2.82 hours||6.03 hours|
|32mL (2 setting)||2.78 hours||5.94 hours|
|48mL (3 setting)||2.38 hours||5.39 hours|
|64mL (4 setting)||2.31 hours||4.94 hours|
|80mL (5 setting)||2.22 hours||4.75 hours|
|96mL (6 setting)||1.70 hours||3.85 hours|
|128mL (7 setting)||1.56 hours||3.33 hours|
|160mL (8 setting)||1.28 hours||2.72 hours|
|192mL (9 setting)||1 hour||2.15 hours|
LCD Screen displays the following:
One of the best features by SeQual, autoSAT technology helps maintain a consistent FiO2 by servo-controlling the device to meet the changing respiratory rates of the patient.
Usually, a person needs more Oxygen while walking than at rest; this feature enables SeQual eQuinox to give more Oxygen per minute to the patient to maintain his SpO2 levels.
The machine has this advanced feature of adjusting the Rise Time (varying the delivery speed of bolus of Oxygen in pulse mode) to increase patient comfort.
This feature mainly determines how quickly a patient receives shot of Oxygen in every breath.
The machine has 2 LED indicators ; an LCD screen for visual indicationof alarms:
|Problem with connection of battery pack||Solid Yellow light||1 beep every 30 seconds|
|Battery Pack has become warm||Yellow Light Flashing. Battery icon on LCD screen flashing||1 beep every two minutes|
|Battery Pack Voltage is low||Yellow Light Flashing. Battery icon on LCD screen flashing||2 beeps every 30 seconds|
|Flow Restricted/Blocked||Yellow Light Flashing.||1 beep every two minutes|
|Low Oxygen Levels||Yellow Light Flashing.||None|
|Low Oxygen Levels||Red Light flashing||3 beeps every two minutes|
|Power Lost due to depleted power pack or external power got cut||Red Light flashing. LCD displays ********||Constant beep|
|System Malfunction||Solid red Light. LCD displays FAIL||None|
|Breath not Detected||Pulse mode LED flashes quickly for 15 seconds||None|
|Internal battery that powers the alarms is low||None||3 beeps on start up|
The alarms are not very easy to recognize as compared to competitor Philips Respironics SimplyGo.
Weekly cleaning of air inlet filter required.
Altitude operating range is -382m to 4000m (-1254 ft to 13,130 ft).
United States of America (USA)
Providing these features and specifications in one package seemed like a distant reality but SeQual has done it.
It would be extremely tough for other manufacturers to match the class of SeQual eQuinox as it is clearly the best continuous flow POC in the market.
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