Mid-Michigan Medical Firm Develops Device to Improve Sepsis Treatment


A new device developed by Williamston-based Centurion Medical Products, near Lansing, works to ensure a precise pressure measurement for central line insertion and in the treatment of sepsis, among other uses.

“Compass gives the clinician pressure data quickly and conveniently,” says Tom Archipley, president and CEO of Centurion Medical Products. “It provides a faster treatment path and confirmation of success in critical or life-threatening situations such as sepsis or placing a central venous catheter. It can avoid high risk errors such as mistakenly missed compartment syndrome.”

Archipley says the device is an alternative to cabled pressure transduction setups and manometers, an instrument that uses a column of liquid to measure pressure. He says Compass can be used to measure pressure for lumbar punctures (used to obtain information about the cerebrospinal fluid) and for sepsis management. Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection.

Sepsis is the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals, costing more than $20 billion in 2011 and increasing on average annually by nearly 12 percent, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

He says Compass features a sterile, single-use attachment; instant calibration for precise readings; and displays quantitative data for use in electronic medical record documentation.

Archipley says Compass digital pressure monitors are available throughout the U.S. and at all Veteran’s Administration hospitals and federal government facilities.

Centurion, founded in 1961, has more than 1,100 employees. The company has developed a variety of medical products including instrument trays, catheters, and dressings.