“Innovation in medicine is driven by need, but also by the market,” said Dr. Michael R. Harrison, the director emeritus of the Fetal Treatment Center and the director of the Pediatric Device Consortium, both at the University of California, San Francisco. “Big markets have lots of folks developing devices, but small markets like the pediatrics market don’t.”
Saratoga Hospital, located in Saratoga Springs, New York, set its sights on becoming a leading destination for minimally-invasive surgery and cutting-edge technology. To achieve that goal, the hospital launched an ambitious plan to build 10 new operating rooms. As the project’s planning began, a need arose for the hospital to upgrade one of its existing operating rooms- known as OR2.
A recent study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (William A. Rutala, Ph.D., MPH, et al., 2013) confirms the ability of a new UV-C-reflective wall coating to dramatically reduce the time necessary to decontaminate a room using the UV-C-emitting device TRU-D SmartUVC.
Use Of TYRX Antibacterial Envelope Associated With Extremely Low 90-Day Cardiac Device Infection RatesMay 13, 2013 2:54 pm | News | Comments
Use of TYRX, Inc.’s AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope reduced major infection rates by more than 90 percent in patients undergoing Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) replacement procedures compared to similar high-risk cohorts, according to a recent clinical study.
Healthmark Industries has announced that Jhosue Vasquez is the winner of the 2013 Decontaminator of the Year Award. Vasquez is a CSSD Technician at the Mount Auburn Hospital located in Cambridge, MA. He has 10 years of experience in the Sterile Processing field.
Marc Fucarile lost his right leg above the knee in the Boston Marathon bombing, and doctors are still fighting to save his shattered left one. He has second- and third-degree burns and a piece of shrapnel lodged in his heart. He's lost track of how many surgeries he's had, with more still ahead. But he won't allow the pain or the uncertainty of his future shake his spirit or destroy his faith in humanity.
The reduction in blood pressure following renal artery denervation is projected to significantly decrease long-term cardiovascular events, a modeling study found. The 10-year relative risk (RR) reduction for cardiovascular events was highest in 40-year-olds and lowest in 70-year-olds, while the absolute event reduction was highest in 70-year-olds and lowest in 40-year-olds.
Growing evidence from experimental studies and clinical trials suggests a fundamental role of hypoxia in solid tumors. The mechanisms leading to hypoxia include the rapid rate of tumor growth, poor tumor perfusion, or transiently disrupted tumor blood flow. Now, scientists have discovered a previously uncharacterized mechanism that contributes to – and may influence - the temporal and spatial distribution of tumor hypoxia.
Ambient background noise-whether it is the sound of loud surgical equipment, talkative team members, or music-is a patient and surgical safety factor that can affect auditory processing among surgeons and the members of their team in the operating room (OR), according to a new study.
Steris has unveiled the VaproQuip Decontamination Room. Biological contamination can be present almost anywhere in a hospital. Aggressive pathogens on environmental surfaces, such as high-touch, difficult-to-clean surfaces of mobile equipment and furniture, can remain viable for extended periods of time.
HoverTech International introduces a next generation patient handling solution: the HoverSling Combination Transfer & Lift Device for lateral transfers, repositioning, turning, and vertical lifting. The HoverSling streamlines patient handling tasks by reducing the time and money spent using multiple products, while creating a more comfortable transfer for patients.
Onyx Medical Inc. introduces the iPRUM, a thoracic WiFi portable drainage system. It can be remotely controlled via PC or smart phone to monitor and control air and fluid volumes over time. The iPRUM is quiet, lightweight (2 lbs) and portable. On screen displays suction pressure, flow rate, and drainage volume.
One obvious question: is the robot another “laser”? There is a more fundamental and important question. Granting that the pace of traditional development and evaluation of products may not excite investors, are we going to cede that vital function to those for whom scientific probity may not match their interest in the equity market?
Each year, MIT’s Lemelson program awards an outstanding student inventor for his or her contribution to innovative technology. This year, Nikolai Begg was awarded the $30,000 prize for his portfolio of cutting-edge medical devices. The main inspiration behind his work was a quest to create less invasive surgical tools, and by all means, he is succeeding.
Laparoscopy for treatment of pelvic lesions was equally safe whether performed conventionally or with robotic assistance, but cost favors conventional minimally-invasive surgery. Overall, there was a 7 percent major postoperative complication rate among patients who received conventional video-assisted laparoscopy and a 10 percent rate among patients who underwent minimally invasive robotic surgery.