The ACS /Nicore NCP-2 ECP Therapy System is the 2nd generation ECP device introduced by Applied Cardiac Systems (AKA ACS) that purchased Nicore, the company that originally brought this device to the market. There are 2 versions of this unit - the one manufactured by ACS/Nicore and the other one produced solely by ACS. ACS claims that their version (as opposed to the earlier ACS / Nicore units) is quiter due to the vacuum deflation feature removed.
NCP2 is the ACS version of the Vasomedical most popular TS3 system. It has a Windows XP operating system and offers automatic treatment reports. The device is more user-friendly and more efficient in terms of automatic reporting - the main difference from Vasomedical units. It elliminates the need for the therapist to calculate peak to peak ratios manually. Additionally, the NCP-2 software offers continuous heartrate as opposed to the 8 second strips used in the first 3 generations of the Vasomedical units.
1. Enhanced user interface, automatic reports, continuous hearbeat
2. Easy to obtain service agreement from ACS that costs less than that from Vasomedical (from our experience, it is $5000 from ACS vs. $10000- 12000 from Vasomedical in yearly service fee)
3. Pop-off valve feature to releave pressure for arrhythmic patients
4. PDF interface for reports
5. Automated Treatment process
1. Big, bulky and wheels-deprived treatment bed. It is hard to ship and cumbersome to move. The bed has to be lifted off the bottom frame (where the pump and the valves are) for shipment - no easy task which makes further placement in service more difficult (a trained bio-med will be required to reconnect all the insides of the treatment table once the unit is in place)
2. Expensive cuffs ($500+ per pair from ACS as opposed to $200/pair for Vasomedical cuffs) and replacement cables - limited to none used cuffs options on the market
3. Software license expiration: certain used units may lock users out asking for the license code which can be purchased from ACS. We are not aware at the time intervals that licenses are set to expire. Some 2003 units are still in operation with no issues while some 2008 units have been reported to us asking the code.
4. Can be serviced by ACS only (hence, the cost) - no freelance biomed techs have experience on these units.