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MESI mTABLET SPIRO, the most versatile digital spirometer

General features

The following advantages make the MESI mTABLET SPIRO a state-of-the-art spirometer for all levels of healthcare:

  • Automatic calibration.
  • Automated breath detection and maneuver termination.
  • Manual and automatic (BestBreath™) selection of best results.
  • It supports standard measurements.
  • It supports a large number of prediction models, which can simply be selected from the list. Custom prediction models can be ordered.

Systemic digital advantages

Here are the ways in which the MESI mTABLET SPIRO can help shorten your work process and ease your paperwork load.

  • All data is stored directly into the patient’s digital file. Therefore, the spirometry result need not be printed. This means less work and less burden on the environment.
  • You can instantly share the digital spirometry result file with a GP or a specialist. The recipient does not need to have a MESI mTABLET. The patient data is anonymised.
  • You will receive any system updates immediately and remotely.
  • You can access the patient’s file and spirometry measurements on any electronic device of your choice.
  • This is possible due to MESI mRECORDS, included free of charge with every MESI mTABLET. Its storage is not device-based, but can be accessed from any web-enabled device. This also gives you access to the patient’s previous spirometry measurements and allows you to make in-depth advanced analysis of their health status.
  • Integrations with your current EHR system are available. This means that you can order a spirometry measurement from that system and also automatically store the diagnostic result there.

Extra highlights

This is how the MESI mTABLET SPIRO contributes both to faster diagnostics and the organisation of your work – including excellent mobility and full technical support.

  • The device adapts to any medical environment. It is wireless and portable, either on a trolley or in a carry-on bag for home visits. You can take the spirometer to the patient, not just vice versa!
  • The MESI mTABLET SPIRO is just one diagnostic module available. You can easily upgrade it with an ECG, a blood pressure monitor, oximetry, ABI/TBI (for PAD screening) or the Protocol app (to guide you through preventive health exams or exams of patients with the same condition).
  • Highest standards in data protection, always in line with your local legislation.
  • Software updates are automatic and free of charge.
  • 3-year warranty on all MESI products.
  • One service provider and thus one contact point for all support.

Solution for different levels of healthcare

FEV6 (Quick Spirometry)

Quick Spirometry is an ideal solution for home visits. It is available as an app after purchasing the MESI mTABLET SPIRO diagnostic module, which provides Primary Spirometry – a spirometry package for primary care.

Quick Spirometry offers enhanced visual display of the Flow-Volume curves and various parameters with automatic analysis:

  • Automatic calibration
  • FEV6 measurement mode
  • Parameters: PEF, FEV1, FEV6, FEV1/FEV6 ratio
  • Basic MESI mRECORDS analysis

MESI mTABLET SPIRO (Primary Spirometry)

The MESI mTABLET SPIRO is a diagnostic module that offers Primary Spirometry – a comprehensive spirometry package for primary care.

  • Automatic calibration
  • Open-loop spirometry
  • Measurement modes: FEVC, VC
  • Parameters: PEF, FEV0.5, FEV1, FEV6, FVC, FET, TZERO, FEV1%(FVC), FEV1% FEV6), FEF(25-75), FEF25, FEF50, FEF75, PEFT, VEXT, VC

Spiro+ (Advanced Spirometry)

Advanced Spirometry is a comprehensive diagnostic solution for pulmonology specialists. It is available as an app after purchasing the MESI mTABLET SPIRO diagnostic module, which provides Primary Spirometry – a spirometry package for primary care.

  • Automatic calibration
  • Full-loop spirometry (closed-loop technology)
  • Measurement modes: FVC, FEVC, VC
  • Parameters: PEF, FEV0.5, FEV1, FEV6, FVC, FET, TZERO, FEV1%(FVC), FEV1% FEV6), FEF(25-75), FEF25, FEF50, FEF75, PEFT, VEXT, VC, TIZERO, PIF, FIV1, FIV0.5, FIV6, FIVC, FIT
  • Maneuver combinations: FVC and VC, or FEVC and VC
  • On-screen instructions
  • Criteria indicators (green checkmark if a maneuver is successful)
  • All parameters on one screen with live value changes
  • Enhanced result view with three
    best curves
  • Volume-time graph + VT6 graph
  • Enhanced history graph through MESI mRECORDS: multiplemeasuremen
    history review
  • Paediatric (animation) mode
  • Manual and automatic selection
    of maneuvers

The MESI mTABLET SPIRO vs. desktop spirometers

Desktop spirometers are usually a combination of a screen, a spirometry measurement tool and a printer on one device. They are usually not wireless and result saving is limited; the result must be printed out or separate software needs to be installed on the user’s PC.

Below is a comparison of the MESI mTABLET SPIRO software, set-up and use, software updates, mode of operation, measurement extensions and calibration method.

MESI mTABLET SPIRODESKTOP SPIROMETERS
SoftwareOperated by a medical-grade tablet and run by MESI OS developed specifically for spirometry hardware.
Free, out-of-the-box, cloudbased MESI mRECORDS.
All software updates are performed remotely.
Usually licence-based.
No automatic updates.
Set-up and useOne-time SPIRO module pairing, instant report saving review from any web-enabled device, easy integration, a tablet with a big screen and an intuitive interface.Although it is a desktop spirometer, it requires separate software for generating PDFs and bi-directional
communication between the EHR and the device.
Software updatesAutomatic, free of charge, no need for a technician.Via USB connection or the provider’s software (in case of updates, additional software must be provided).
Mode of operationWireless (Bluetooth connection).Stand-alone desktop (with printer), with the user’s PC (software for report generation must be purchased separately).
Measurement extensionsFull MESI mTABLET system (hardware and software). Extensions include ECG, SPO2, blood pressure monitor, 6MWT, ABI/TBI and others.Limited extensions (mostly SPO2).
CalibrationReal-time self-calibration (+precalibrated mouthpieces for maximum accuracy) with the option to check calibration manually.Varies: it can be subject to environmental conditions (pressure, humidity, temperature).

The MESI mTABLET SPIRO vs. PC-based spirometers

PC-based spirometers consist of a spirometry measuring unit in the form of a tablet or other configuration and the software on a PC device. However, the software is not transferable to other PC devices as a rule. It is generally installed on one computer only, and software updates are usually not automatic.

Below is a comparison of the MESI mTABLET SPIRO software, set-up and use, software updates, mode of operation, measurement extensions and calibration method.

MESI MTABLET SPIROPC-BASED SPIROMETERS
SoftwareOperated by a medical-grade tablet and run by MESI OS developed specifically for spirometry hardware.
Free, out-of-the-box, cloudbased MESI mRECORDS.
All software updates are performed remotely.
PC software is downloaded to a particular PC. Some require separate licences for separate PCs; the data is thus only accessible on a particular device.
If the user changes the PC, everything needs to be reinstalled.
Set-up and appearanceOne-time SPIRO module pairing, instant report saving, review from any web-enabled device, easy integration, a tablet with a big screen and an intuitive interface.A small screen with button operation and manual set-up of the device settings. Before connecting the device via USB to the PC, the software must be installed on the PC; each used PC requires an additional installation.
Software updatesAutomatic, free of charge, no need for a technician.Via USB connection.
Mode of operationWireless (Bluetooth connection).Stand-alone with very limited review. Must be connected to the user’s PC for real-time review. Limited portability of the device for full functionality.
Measurement extensionsFull MESI mTABLET system (hardware and software). Extensions include ECG, SPO2, blood pressure monitor, 6MWT, ABI/ TBI and others.Limited extensions.
CalibrationReal-time self-calibration (+precalibrated mouthpieces for maximum accuracy) with the option to check calibration manually.Varies; it can be subject to environmental conditions (pressure, humidity, temperature).

Ivan Pecev, MD, specialist of family medicine, Arcus Medici, Žiri, Slovenia:

Self-calibration is my favourite advantage. It is time-saving and makes the procedure even cheaper. By using BestBreath™ technology, the spirometer automatically selects the best of all measurements. The results can be remotely analysed on a PC. All data are stored in one place and can be used for further analysis later – on MESI mRECORDS. And last but not least, it looks really good.

Here is a user-friendly SPIRO e-book full of illustrations!