Evaluation: Medtronic Puritan Bennett 980 Intensive Care Ventilator

September 12, 2018 | Evaluations & Guidance

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Here's how the Medtronic Puritan Bennett 980 compares with the other products we've evaluated.

Click the device names below to view our complete findings for each model. (Note that the presentation of our findings, including how we categorize our judgments, has been reformulated since we last evaluated some of these products.) Products are listed alphabetically by supplier. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

* This ventilator is not in compliance with ISO 80601-2-12:2011. Compliance with this standard is one of our required criteria for all intensive care ventilators. Read more about the standard.

The Medtronic Puritan Bennett (PB) 980 intensive care ventilator is a good choice for use in critical care settings. Unique to the PB 980 is Proportional Assist Ventilation (PAV+), an ancillary control that, when activated during spontaneous ventilation modes, may improve work of breathing (WOB) and reduce the patient's duration on mechanical ventilation. Additionally, displays of loops and scalar waveforms are highly configurable, and alarm messages are highly informative. However, our internal and external testers observed confusing behavior of the Short Self Test (SST) and the user interface.

*Figure 1.**The Puritan Bennett 980. (Image courtesy of Medtronic.)*
  1. The Medtronic Puritan Bennett 980 is an intensive care ventilator—a critical life-support device that delivers positive-pressure breaths to patients who require total or partial assistance to breathe.

  2. This model can also be used noninvasively as an oxygen (O2) therapy device, in which O2...

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