VetSpecs® SM100

User-configurable Modular Vital Signs Monitoring System

The Optional 5.6” Display Platform and the Main 10.5” Display Platform


The SM100 is a digital modular system with a main 10.5” display platform, an optional 5.6” display platform, and available four parameter modules to provide

  • Capnography
  • Noninvasive Blood Pressure
  • ECG (with esophageal probes)
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Core or Rectal Temperatures
  • Airway-direct Respiration
  • Wireless Postoperative Monitoring (optional)

The main 10.5” display platform is for comprehensive vital signs monitoring in surgery or dentistry. It can also be used for blood pressure and ECG testing. The optional 5.6” display platform is for wireless monitoring of unattended patients in anesthetic recovery or intensive care, as well as for vital signs monitoring in dentistry and point-of-care blood pressure or ECG testing. The digital modular design allows the user to configure the system, according to the monitoring or testing needs for the patient, simply by connecting the needed module(s) to the display platform more suitable or convenient for use on the patient.


I. Monitoring in Surgery



The Main 10.5” Display Platform: 11.1 x 7.7 x 1.9 inches (282 x 195 x 48 mm), 2.6 lbs.


For monitoring in surgery, connect the main module, NIBP module, and mainstream capnography module, as shown below, to the main 10.5” display platform, which provides ECG, core temperature, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, and capnography. See the screen display in the pictures above.


Main Module:  4.6 x 3.9 x 1 inches (118 x 100 x 25 mm)
Blood Pressure (NIBP) Module: 4.3 x 2.5 x 0.9 inches (110 x 63 x 22 mm)
Mainstream Capnography Module: 1.8 x 1.3 x 0.9 inches (45 x 33 x 22 mm)


The Monitor saves all registered waveforms and readings on a USB flash drive. Simply take the flash drive to your computer and transfer the saved data, which is compatible with ALL practice management software systems. You can review the data, and print out a monitoring report, as shown below, through any office laser or ink-jet printer.


1. Monitoring Ventilation with Capnography

The SM100 offers three choices on capnography, the Mini-cap™ mainstream capnography module, as shown above, the Capno-M Bluetooth Mini-cap™ capnograph, and the Micro-flow™ capnography module. All of them provide CO2 waveforms, an end-tidal CO2 (EtCO2) reading, a fractional inspired CO2 (FiCO2) reading, a respiratory rate (RR), and a respiratory sound with apnea alarms. To apply mainstream capnography, simply insert the mainstream module between the endotracheal tube and the breathing circuit after the patient is intubated.


The Capno-M Bluetooth Mini-cap™ capnograph can be wirelessly connected to the SM100 as one integrated system. For more information, please see the VetSpecs® Capno-M page. For more information on the Micro-flow™ capnography module, please see the VetSpecs® DM10 page.


2. Monitoring Oxygenation with Pulse Oximetry

The SM100 offers two veterinary-specific SpO2 sensors, the lingual sensor and the leg/toe sensor. The leg/toe sensor is designed specifically for use in dentistry. Employing a high-power LED, the leg/toe sensor can work effectively even at sites covered with pigmented tissue and dense fur.


SpO2 Lingual Sensor and Leg/toe Sensor


3. Monitoring Circulation with Noninvasive Blood Pressure

The SM100 features a breakthrough technology for noninvasive blood pressure (NIBP) measurement - the volume plethysmography. This technology works in the same principle as the Doppler method, but is much easier to use, and provides systolic, diastolic, and mean arterial pressures, a real-time pulse rate, and pulse waveforms. The volume plethysmography has been proven to be effective and accurate in cats and dogs of all sizes, anesthetized or conscious. The blood pressure technology comes with a NIBP module, as shown above, a pulse sensor band, and a set of six cuffs.


4. Monitoring ECG and Core Temperature with Esophageal Probe

For monitoring in surgery, the SM100 registers ECG, heart rate, and core temperature with an esophageal probe. After the patient is intubated, insert the probe into the esophagus. Due to its proximity to the heart and ensured good contacts, the probe registers large and clean ECG tracings even in the smallest kittens. With no ECG leads attaching on the patient’s body, ECG monitoring becomes much easier than ever before. The esophageal probes are available in three different sizes, suitable for cats and dogs of all sizes.

Esophageal Probes


II. Monitoring in Dentistry



The Optional 5.6” Display Platform: 6.75 x 4.5 x 1.75 inches (170 x 115 x 45 mm), 1.2 lbs.


While both display platforms can be used for monitoring in dentistry, the smaller 5.6” display platform, which may be hung on the wall or anesthesia machine, is easier to set up in dentistry. The Monitor provides ECG, rectal temperature, pulse oximetry, and airway-direct respiration or capnography, along with heartbeats and respiratory sounds, as shown above. For monitoring in dentistry, the monitor registers ECG with the flat-clip leads.

ECG Leads with Flat Clips


III. Blood Pressure Testing



Blood Pressure Testing Mode


Both display platforms feature a blood pressure testing mode, which displays systolic, diastolic, and mean arterial pressure readings, a real-time pulse rate, pulse waveforms, and the averages of all measurements, as shown above. The Monitor saves all registered readings on the USB flash drive. You can review the data on your computer, print out a report, as shown below, and save them in your patient database under your existing practice management software system.


IV. ECG Testing



ECG Testing Mode


Both display platforms also feature an ECG testing mode, which displays cascaded three lines of ECG tracings on one screen, as shown above, and saves all registered ECG tracings on the USB flash drive. You can then transfer the saved ECG to your computers, review them, and print out through any office laser or ink-jet printer. See the printout sample below. You can also save the ECG to your patient database under your existing practice management software system or send the ECG for consultation via email.


V. Wireless Postoperative Monitoring (optional)



Postoperative Monitoring Mode


The 5.6” display platform offers an optional wireless postoperative module, designed specifically for monitoring patients in anesthetic recovery or intensive care from up to 20 yards (about 18 meters) away. The wireless postoperative module, also called the Bluetooth module, provides

  • Pulse Rate
  • Respiratory Rate
  • Temperature
  • Pulse Waveforms
  • Respiratory Waveforms
  • Heartbeats Sound
  • Respiratory Sound

The Bluetooth module comes with a pulse sensor band, a respiratory sensor, and a rectal temperature probe. To wirelessly monitor the pulse, respiration, and temperature of a patient, simply apply the rectal temperature probe, attach the respiratory sensor onto the patient’s abdomen, wrap the pulse sensor band on a leg of the patient, and secure the Bluetooth module on the same leg with medical elastic gauze, without the need to clip the hair anywhere. The Bluetooth module can monitor the patient’s pulse, respiration, and temperature simultaneously (see the screen display in the picture above), or just one or two of the three. The picture below shows the Bluetooth module connected with only the pulse sensor band. 

Bluetooth Module: 2.17 x 1.34 x 0.94 inches (55 x 34 x 24 mm)


For postoperative monitoring, the Monitor saves all registered waveforms and readings. You can review the information and print out a monitoring report through any office laser or ink-jet printer.