Jan-Feb 2012


Berchtold’s new OR-table concept enhances efficiency in the OR

The medical device manufacturer and specialist in mobile OR-tables Berchtold has redesigned its proven OR-table models, the Operon D 850, D 820 and D 760. Users are now able to configure the tables individually so that they meet the requirements of the intended surgical discipline and access to the surgery site.

With the new, three-stage configuration principle for Berchtold OR-tables, each user receives precisely the table he needs, which is less costly than many expensive purpose-built tables and is suitable for all operating procedures. “With the Berchtold software, any conceivable table variant can be turned into a standard product, which can be made available very quickly,” says Stefan Kreidler, product manager for OR-tables at the Tuttlingen company.

Flexible tables make hospital routine easier and are more economical

All Operon tables also meet the highest possible standards of safety and quality. High-grade materials and fully developed technical components enable unrestricted handling with patients weighing up to 450 kg. With the aid of components at the Operon coupling points, the surgical tabletop can be shortened or extended, and equipped with special accessories for various patient positions. The tabletops and special accessories are also interchangeable, and can be retrofitted at any time. The Operon tables are ideal for robot-assisted surgery. Their low minimum height and good access to the table mean that both the equipment and the patient can be positioned with extreme precision.

Three steps to the ideal OR-table

The Operon D 850 has the largest heightadjustment range, from 580 to 1,180 millimetres, and as such it is ideal for operating while standing or sitting. The D 850 and D 820 have a motorised longitudinal slide of 423 millimetres. The D 760 is not equipped with a longitudinal slide. For the next stage, the configuration of the tabletop, a wide range of plates for the head, back and legs are then available. In the third step, the OR-table is equipped with a selection from the extensive Berchtold accessories programme either to create a standard table or with special accessories so it can be used for complex surgical procedures.

The surgical tabletop can consist optionally of extremely durable carbon fibre or phenol plates. The main advantage of carbon fibre plastic is that it is lighter than phenol and the individual plates are easier to handle. At the same time, radiation exposure is also significantly lower when X-rays are taken, so there is less burden on the patient and the OR team. Phenol is the more attractive alternative from the point of view of cost. All tables offer a wide imaging window and optimum conditions for unobstructed access with the C-arm. In addition, the tables are equipped with a full-length, continuous X-ray cassette tunnel, even in the area above the column. This helps ensure superior results with traditional Xray imaging as well.

To ensure the most effective prevention of decubitus, the surgical tabletop of all tables can be fitted with gel pads or highquality viscoelastic and thermoactive foam. Both pads adjust snugly to fit the body, thus ensuring that pressure is distributed over a wide area, and protect patients from bedsores.

The ideal position for each patient

More components have been added. The split back plate, for example, can be used to optimise the position for patients of different heights. For this, the OR personnel uses one or both of the split plate subsections. Besides the standard head rest, Berchtold also offers a doublejointed head rest that lends optimum support to the patient's neck in the tilted position and anatomically correct positioning of the cervical spine and head in the lateral position.

Fresenius Kabi to show new communication rack system

Fresenius Kabi’s new Link+ Agilia is a communication rack with high-level of connectivity. This rack system stacks, powers and centralises data for 4, 6 or 8 connected Agilia IV Infusion pumps thus reducing the number of power cables.

The Link+ Agilia rack system is also intended to be connected to a third party system (PDMS) to capture and store infusion data automatically in the hospital IT system. Link+ Agilia works with standardised communication protocols (XML), ensuring seamless IT integration. Link+ Agilia is also compatible with actual and future IT solutions thanks to its opened Architecture (Linux platform) and its future improvements (HL7 and WiFi compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n and advanced security functions using IEEE 802.11i). Using its cost-effective web embedded software, this communication rack system will give the possibility to access to dynamic infusion pump information from any computer connected to the hospital network. Combined with its connection to the Nurse Call System, Link+ Agilia saves time.

Link+ Agilia central display of the IV pumps and status is a safety enhancement of the new user-centred design. Like all the Agilia devices, the new Link+ Agilia is highly intuitive to use thanks to meaningful pictograms, clear LEDs displays and central alarm display visible 360º from a distance. Thanks to its new design, IV pump installation and removal are easy on the Link+ Agilia.

- Arab Health: Visit Fresenius Kabi booth 2D30
- Visit: www.fresenius-kabi.com

Bolton Surgical introduces malleable ano-fistula probe

Treatment of the ano-fistula tract can be complex. Probes that are currently used for this procedure can be restrictive due to their rigid design. Bolton Surgical have overcome this problem by developing a new type of probe that is malleable.

The Bolton Malleable Ano-Fistula Probe can be easily manipulated by the clinician to suit each individual patient, thus facilitating a more effective exploration of the fistula tract. The new probe incorporates a larger distal tip for easier seton passing. The probes are supplied sterile for single use, and thus eliminate the need for the conventional set of four individual probes. Larger distal tip for easier seton passing Single use sterile product Sold in boxes of 50 Product Code: 15/3117 190mm overall length

Bolton Surgical manufacture theatre quality surgical instruments for all disciplines of surgery. Manufactured on site; all of their instruments are hand finished by experienced craftsmen at their purpose built production facility in Sheffield, England. The company brings together traditional manufacturing methods with the technology expected from a market leader in surgical instrument supply, enabling them to provide a totally flexible service tailored to meet the differing and demanding needs of modern operating theatres and decontamination units.

For more information, visit: www.boltons.co.uk

The Life-Stat mechanical CPR revolutionises CPR

Michigan Instrument’s mechanical CPR machine Model 1008 ‘Thumper’ (Life- Stat) revolutionises the world of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Clinical studies show that, in the field, a welltrained EMT can deliver effective CPR compressions only 37% of the time. The Thumper delivered effective compressions 97% of the time in a similar study. Michigan Instruments guarantees that the Thumper will meet the 2010 American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines 100% of the time, delivering 100 active cardiac compressions per minute with the option of ventilation at a rate of nine times per minute (asynchronous). The unit offers a standard 30:2 CPR procedure as well as a CCV (continuous compression and ventilation) setting. Whereas even the most experienced paramedic or doctor can only deliver quality CPR for a matter of minutes, the Thumper delivers uninterrupted compressions indefinitely of a quality and accuracy that no human can duplicate. Compression depth can be adjusted (0-8 cm) to afford the patient optimum pulmonary profusion.

Mechanical CPR can be put to effective use in any situation that would call for traditional manual CPR and will greatly increase pulmonary profusion whenever it is employed. Such technology has saved thousands of lives worldwide. The Thumper is powered by compressed gas and requires no cumbersome, external batteries or electricity. The unit itself weighs 8.85 kg and fits easily into existing ambulance storage compartments. It is fully portable and made of durable materials that will withstand use and weather in the field allowing for years of effective service. The Thumper can deliver effective CPR in situations where manual CPR would be exceedingly difficult – while being transported on a stretcher or going down stairs or even in a moving vehicle from the time the patient is attended to on the ground until the hospital without any interruption of CPR. The device has serviced patients as large as 199.6 kg and saved lives after administrating CPR for several hours on patients.

For more information, visit www.michiganinstruments.com

Inditherm’s warming systems used worldwide

Inditherm’s world-leading patient warming systems reduce costs, help improve clinical outcomes and offer significant environmental advantages.

Clinical evaluations in the operating room have shown that the Inditherm patient warming system out-performs traditional technologies such as forced air warming. It can provide equivalent or better performance and greater convenience along with delivering enormous reductions in costs, and this has attracted strong international interest.

Further to these clinical evaluations, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), part of the UK National Health Service (NHS) released guidance in August 2011 that supports the use of Inditherm patient warming systems. NICE concluded that the Inditherm patient warming mattress is similar to that of forced air warming in maintaining patient core body temperature above 36°C and that the Inditherm system may have practical advantages.

Inditherm’s patented technology uses an innovative carbon polymer, being unique in producing a completely uniform heating effect with no hotspots. Mattresses and blankets have excellent pressure relief fully integrated, are x-ray translucent and are silent in operation.

The reusable device, with no consumables and low energy consumption, offers environmental as well as economic benefits.

Inditherm systems are now in use worldwide in operating rooms, recovery, pre-op areas and departments such as neonatal units, maternity and emergency.

For more information, visit: www.inditherm.com/medical

Clear Image Device’s Two-Step platform helps position patients for x-ray

The Two-Step x-ray patient positioning platform, by US-based Clear Image Device, permits efficient and accurate x-rays of feet, ankles and the lower leg (lateral-medial, medial-lateral or anterior-posterior). The platform places the patient in the optimal position for easy capture of the highest quality weight-bearing and non-weight bearing x-ray images.

The positioning platform is also designed with safety grab bars to provide stability for patients, both young and old. The two-step platform is also portable and able to provide easy positioning for weight-bearing poses, then can be moved out of the imaging suite with its built-in rollers and grab bars.

It is designed for use with all CR and DR systems offered by Canon, Carestream, Siemens, GE and Toshiba.

Says Rick Lafayette, Radiology Manager at Elite Sport Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (Nashville, USA): “I chose the 2-step platform and there were several factors that led to this decision, including 450-pound weight limit, it is composed of materials that can be disinfected, it appeared to be very stable and low to the ground, and it has three imaging plate slots for imaging flexibility.”

For more information, visit www.clearimagedevices.com

Omron releases C801 series of compressor nebulizers

Omron is complementing its range of compressor nebulizers with the new C801 Series. The new C801 is the company’s lightest Omron compressor nebulizer with just 270 gram weight. It is very quiet and comfortable. Especially for children the low noise level (46db) is undoubtedly beneficial.

Advanced engineering enables the Nebulizer-Kit with Virtual Valve Technology to be handled easily, to reduce inhalation times, but most of all provide continuous, efficient nebulization and drug delivery. It is easily maintained and easily cleaned (boilable, autoclaveable).

The C801KD (kids edition) offers a colourful housing and 2 puppets for comfortable and relaxed inhalation for children.

For more information, visit: www.omron.com

Medi-Dyne delivers solution for heel pain

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, a leading manufacturer of innovations in pain prevention has revolutionised the treatment of heel pain with the new Medi-Dyne Heel Pain Relief Solution. This comprehensive two step solution provides both immediate relief and a long-term healing for chronic heel pain.

In a two-year study by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) it was found that 88% of those who used the leading Tuli’s Heel Cups with tendon & Plantar fascia stretches experienced relief from their symptoms. Combining Tuli’s Heel Cup technology with the revolutionary new ProStretch Plus the Medi-Dyne Solution delivers maximum cushioning support for immediate relief from heel pain and revolutionary stretching options to aid healing and prevention of further injury.

With distribution in over 70 countries, Medi-Dyne will enter the Arab health market for the first time this year.

Kristin Drauschke, Director of International Business for Medi-Dyne explains, “During a recent visit to the region we discovered a great need for our products. A lot of people are suffering from severe heel pain and/or back pain. Medi-Dyne’s foot care products lead the industry in quality, effectiveness, and warranty and provide immediate and long-term relief based on superior cushioning characteristics that are modeled on a bio-mechanically accurate design.”

For more information, visit: www.Medi-Dyne.com/ArabHealth.html

NEC display solutions introduces MDview241

NEC Display Solutions Europe has announced the addition of a 2.3 megapixel wide-format LCD display to its MDview Series, helping doctors and other healthcare professionals deliver reliable and high quality patient care in a simpler and more comfortable way.

Whether used to view 3D images for surgical preparation, computed tomography images, cross-sections in nuclear medicine or ultrasound images, the NEC MDview241 guarantees maximum DICOM precision and colour accuracy in clinical review. Thanks to its picture-by-picture function users can view two images from different data sources simultaneously, giving them a space-saving alternative to dualscreen solutions.

Crucially for clinical review displays, the MDview241 ships with factory-settings that meet the DICOM GSDF Part 14 standard, ensuring it is ready for immediate use. Digital Uniformity Control and Backlight Ageing Correction ensure white point control with consistent image quality. The GammaCompMD QA client software – supplied with the display – simplifies asset management, planned maintenance, DICOM calibration and straight quality assurance documentation to AAPM TG18 (Secondary Class) guidelines. These features ensure that the LCD displays satisfy the uniformity requirements for acceptance and constancy tests throughout their entire service lives. This, combined with the connection possibilities delivered by one DisplayPort connector, two DVI-D connectors, one VGA connector and integrated USB hub (3 down/2 up), gives users all the flexibility and image quality needed to ensure the highest personal productivity.

With IPS TFT panel technology offering a viewing angle of 178 degrees horizontally and vertically, and a resolution of 1920 x 1200 with a contrast ratio of 1000:1, it also provides excellent images from all viewing positions. The use of a high quality LCD panel combined with additional dead-pixel screening assure that NEC’s MDview Series exceeds the highest reviewing expectations of departments like orthopaedics, pneumology or intensive care. The MDview241 can also be calibrated to the DICOM Grayscale Display Function using NEC’s GammaCompMD QA software, making it ideal for all hospital-wide PACS referral/reviewing.

For more information, visit: www.nec-display-solutions.com

Ampronix to showcase ChromaPaxx digital image and video recorder

California-based Ampronix will showcase one of their newest innovations, the ChromaPaxx, at Arab Health 2012. This all-in-one PC, with touchscreen interface simplifies workflow for image and video recording, storage and review. This unique product enables users to view and record video and still images for Radiology Barium Swallow Exams, Endoscopy and Surgical applications.

The revolutionary ChromaPaxx 17C2D4G160HD is a digital image and video recorder with the ability to record 50+ hours of SD Video. Equipped with a 17” touchscreen display and an onboard capture device, the ChromaPaxx accepts Composite and S-Video signals and records in NTSC, PAL and SECAM formats. The user-friendly touch interface makes capturing, viewing, saving and exporting patient images and videos simple and efficient. The ChromaPaxx can also be easily connected to the network and operated with a footswitch for convenient video/image capture. ChromaPaxx has a resolution of 1280 × 1024, with input C-Video, S-Video, USB 2.0 x 4, Compact Flash I/II. Video Formats are NTSC, PAL, SECAM compatible, and has IP65 on the front panel with an Anti-bacteria coating. ChromaPaxx has been medically certified by CE and EN60601-1/UL60601-1.

Last year, at the Arab Health, Ampronix launched VersaPaxx, a 24” touchscreen monitor which provides medical professionals with exam viewing, archiving & network distribution. VersaPaxx is the world’s first autosync touch display that records and stores HD video for Radiology, Cath, Angio, & RF rooms, CR/DR, and surgical applications such as Endoscopy and laparoscopy.

- Arab Health: Visit Ampronix at booth 1F50
- Visit: www.ampronix.com

ITA-MED unveils revolutionary Bio-Magnetic Support Belts

ITA-MED, located in San Francisco, USA, is well known as the leader in high quality and eco-friendly manufacturing of home health care, orthopaedic and sports medicine products for two decades. With the unveiling of the BMS-511 and BMS-512 Bio-Magnetic Lumbo-Sacral Support Belts under the MAXAR brand, ITA-MED continues to expand upon its innovative product line of orthopedic soft goods.

MAXAR Bio-Magnetic Support Belts are engineered to provide the ultimate in comfortable back support for individuals suffering from osteochondrosis, lumbago, or lower back pain. In addition to excellent support, these revolutionary Patent Pending back supports use powerful magnets for pain management. Bio- Magnetic Therapy is recommended by most experts as an effective drug free alternative for pain reduction and rehabilitation after back surgeries and injuries.

The MAXAR BMS-511 Bio-Magnetic Support Belt is unique in that it employs magnets both in the front and back of the belt creating a powerful full torso 3D Bio-Magnetic field for drug free pain relief. In addition, the belt uses Far Infra-Red fabric to retain heat and promote circulation. Like other orthopaedic and sports products from ITA-MED, the belt has a soft cotton lining and is highly breathable to enable comfortable prolonged wear by users. The MAXAR BMS-512 Bio-Magnetic Support Belt is a more traditional design, employing a localised 2D Bio-Magnetic field without the Far Infra-Red fabric. It still retains the highly sought after breathable comfort. Both belts have mesh pockets in the front & rear for thermoplastic moldable inserts or hot/cold therapy gel packs

The Patent Pending designs of the MAXAR Bio-Magnetic Support Belts recently were awarded another important milestone. Medicare has tested & verified the design and assigned HCPCS Billing Code L0627 to both belts. They are the first belts of their kind to be awarded a HCPCS billing code from Medicare.

As with most of ITA-MED’s braces and supports, the MAXAR Bio-Magnetic Support Belts are unique for combining medically correct designs with extensive use of natural, breathable and non-allergenic fabrics providing comfortable wear for extended periods of time in hot environments.

- Arab Health: Visit ITA-MED Co. at booth 2A54
- Visit: www.itamed.com

Philips to show new HealWell lighting solution at Arab Health 2012

At Arab Health 2012, Philips will launch HealWell, a lighting solution for hospitals designed to help care providers enhance the healing environment in patient rooms. HealWell combines the positive, regulating biological effects of light with the creation of a pleasant atmosphere for patients. In a field study conducted with Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands, HealWell has been shown to enhance patients’ sleep duration and reduce the time needed to fall asleep during hospital stays.

Paolo Cervini, General Manager of Philips Lighting Middle East & Turkey says, “HealWell is focused on helping hospitals enhance the healing environment for their patients. It has thus been based on patient and staff evaluations, and research that validates its effects on health and well-being. At Philips, we combine our expertise in lighting and our knowledge of light’s effects on the body to offer hospitals a complete lighting solution adapted to their needs.”

Existing scientific research has shown that high light levels during the day help to regulate the human biological clock and sleep wake rhythm. HealWell re-creates the benefits of natural daylight to regulate patients’ sleep and improve well-being to support the recovery process. HealWell provides gradually varying light levels during the day, as if on a sunny day outside. It also offers ambient lighting that can be controlled by the patient to create a pleasantly- lit environment, while providing good quality working light for staff.

The field study conducted with Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC) confirmed that HealWell has a positive impact on the healing environment. A study of the effects of HealWell was conducted with 200 patients in the cardiology department of the MUMC in cooperation with the Clinical Trial Center Maastricht over a 9-month period. The study showed a statistically significant improvement of patients’ sleep duration and a reduction of time needed to fall asleep (sleep onset latency). Moreover, patient and staff satisfaction improved with the HealWell lighting solution, when compared with rooms equipped with existing lighting solutions.

Arab Health: Visit the Philips booth S2C10.

Rigel Medical launches new lightweight defibrillator tester

The new compact, lightweight and portable Rigel Medical UNI-PULSE defibrillator analyser features advanced measurement technology to verify the safe operation and functionality of all defibrillators.

Launched at MEDICA 2011, the battery powered analyser offers both manual and automatic test programs for testing of all mono-phasic, bi-phasic and pulsed waveform defibrillators.

Bluetooth and USB has been incorporated for improved connectivity, enhanced memory capacity for the storage of results, defibrillator waveforms and test programs and a clear, easy-to-read colour graphics display screen. An optional paddle adaptor box includes a version with variable loads from 25 – 200 Ohms for compliance with IEC 60601-2-4 requirements.

The colour LCD provides easy navigation around the functions and simulations including defibrillator waveform capture, accurate energy measurements, cardio synch times, peak voltage and current.

A 12-lead ECG simulation with substantial variation of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias and performance wave forms provides faster, easier and more accurate testing of defibrillators with built-in monitoring functions.

Automatic test programs for AED’s (Automatic External Defibrillator) leads to fast and effective testing of AED response, interpretation and performance.

UNI-PULSE can also be used with Rigel Medical’s Med-eBase PC software to provide enhanced electronic recording and management of medical device safety testing programs.

For more information, visit: www.rigelmedical.com

Medispec offers new non-invasive, painless Erectile Dysfunction solution

Medispec’s new non-invasive, painless Erectile Dysfunction (ED) solution treats the actual cause of the problem. Using low-intensity acoustic shock waves, similar to ultrasound waves, the EDSWT treatment stimulates the creation of new microvascular blood vessel networks that increase the blood supply to erectile tissue, thus enabling the achievement and maintenance of full, dependable erections.

Leveraging its core technology and 18 years of experience in utilising shockwave therapies to solve multiple health issues, Medispec has developed the only existing method for actually curing ED – not just masking the underlying problem. This first-of-its-kind system is already improving the quality of life for men and their partners around the world. Proven clinical results with no reported side effects Effective also for patients who do not respond to pharmacotherapy Non-invasive treatment

Effective without medication

Unlike conventional ED treatment, such as PDE5 inhibitors, Erectile Dysfunction Shock Wave Therapy (EDSWT) does not involve the use of any pharmaceuticals. Moreover, the shock wave treatment causes no side-effects or systemic load on other organs and healthy tissues. The non-invasive, painless EDSWT procedure requires no sedation or anesthesia.

The EDSWT treatment is computercontrolled by the ED1000, in a series of brief visits to the urologist’s office. Discernable improvement in the erectile function of the penis can be visible within two weeks after therapy begins. Recent clinical studies revealed that patients reported a high rate of satisfaction for more than one year after treatment – all without reliance on PDE5 inhibitors.

In clinical tests, EDSWT has shown significant long-term effectiveness after a one-year follow-up period. These results are confirmed by a double-blind placebo controlled study of a large group of patients.

What is EDSWT?

Erectile Dysfunction Shock Wave Therapy (EDSWT) is an innovative approach to vasculogenic ED, delivered by Medispec’s ED1000, a device that uses advanced acoustics technology.

This technology has proven to be effective in cardiology, with recent success in reversible ischemic tissues of the heart. EDSWT utilises low-intensity extracorporeal shock waves, focusing on blood vessels and encouraging neovascularisation in the penis shaft and crus. The low-intensity shock waves help relieve vascular deficiency, a common cause of erectile dysfunction.

For more information, visit: www.medispec.com

Mediflex provides new approach to open surgical retraction to accommodate minimally invasive surgical techniques

Surgeons' need for retraction to provide excellent visualisation of the operative site has not changed as we have shifted from open surgery to minimally invasive techniques. The development of retractors such as for minimally invasive procedures has paralleled that which we saw for open surgery; from hand-held instruments, to self-retaining devices and finally to table mounted retractor systems.

An initial consideration in choosing a retractor is to be sure that it will do what is required of it...hold tissue away from the operative site. The chosen retractor should be designed to be used on the tissue that will be retracted. Retractors should be as atraumatic as possible, easy to insert through a cannula or percutaneously.

There is a move away from hand held retractors and towards retractors such as Mediflex’s Mini-Bookler Table Mounted Retractor Systems for small incision procedures. Two factors are driving this. The first is the clinical advantage of positioning a retractor exactly where it is needed, keeping it in that position and having no extraneous movement such as that caused by tremor. The second factor is financial. A human retractor holder is expensive.

Mediflex’s StrongArm holder and positioner attaches to the OR table and supports the Mini-Bookler Retractor. It also provides a low-enough profile that it will not interfere with the surgeon or assistant. The Mini-Bookler Retractor can be easily positioned and moved as needed and locked in place using a central locking knob.

Mediflex StrongArm Positioners are also ideal for use with Mediflex Nathanson Liver Retractors for laparoscopic procedures.

For more information, visit: www.mediflex.com

seca mBCA 514 – medically precise measurement of body composition

The new seca mBCA 514 is the first medically accurate Body Composition Analyzer.

seca opens up a new dimension in diagnostics for the doctor with the seca mBCA 514. A patient’s general health can be assessed with medical precision. Based on an examination that takes less than 20 seconds, the seca mBCA 514 determines the patient’s body composition in fat, water and muscle. This information helps the doctor recognize diseases earlier and to monitor treatment progress more accurately. The raw BCA data is analysed and interpreted against medical reference values.

Results from four clinical studies show that the device can achieve a level of precision previously unknown in bioelectrical impedance measuring.

The seca mBCA 514 can be effortlessly integrated in the seca 360° wireless system and in computer networks in hospitals and medical practices.

For more information, visit: www.seca.com

Carestream shows breakthrough mobile digital X-ray development at Arab Health 2012

The Carestream DRX-Revolution mobile x-ray system will be shown at the Arab Health 2012. This Works-in-Progress innovative DR mobile imaging system is intended to address specific diagnostic imaging challenges voiced by healthcare providers worldwide. In addition, the compact DRX-Revolution is expected to offer many new features designed to help enhance staff productivity and improve patient care.

“Mobile imaging is used in the ER, ICU, operating suites and other environments in which patients who cannot be transported for imaging and are connected to a variety of equipment that makes it even more difficult for radiographers to perform imaging exams,” said Diana Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream Health. “The DRX-Revolution will contain innovative features and functionality to overcome these challenges, and is intended to help healthcare providers generate highquality images for use in treating seriously ill patients.”

For the DRX-Revolution, Carestream is developing software that will allow radiographers to easily align the tube with a grid. Grid use can assist in achieving high image quality and is intended to reduce the need for retakes.

Once available, the DRX-Revolution will revolutionise mobile imaging technology. Everything about this system – its compact footprint, collapsible column, dual monitors, extended tube head reach, manoeuvrability and integrated wireless DR detector – is designed to help improve productivity, operational efficiency, safety and patient care. Worldwide availability is anticipated in mid-2012.

Collapsible column

A unique, collapsible column will allow enhanced visibility and safety while moving the mobile system. The imaging system’s ability to make 360-degree turns also will enable radiographers to quickly and easily position it for image capture.

“The DRX-Revolution promises to help enhance patient care by allowing medical staff to instantly review images in the ICU and other areas. It also will be much easier to manoeuvre in tight spaces crowded with medical equipment than other mobile systems,” said Philippe Gerson, Chief Manager of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Department at the Hotel Dieu de Paris Hospital, Paris, France. “In terms of productivity, it looks like this system is so fast and functional it will be able to act as another x-ray room.”

The DRX-Revolution will offer a long tube head reach to allow radiographers to more efficiently conduct x-ray exams despite bedside medical equipment. In addition to the main 19-inch monitor, the DRX-Revolution will have a second monitor on the tube head so the technologist can work from either location. The cart will provide generous storage space for gloves, sanitizers, markers, paperwork and other tools to further increase efficiency.

Like other DRX systems, the DRX-Revolution will contain the highly popular DRX-1 detector, which can be moved to any room-based or mobile imaging system. Carestream refers to this feature as the “XFactor.” Asset utilisation will be further enhanced since healthcare providers can move the detectors when existing x-ray systems become outdated. Carestream DRX products also share the same user interface to reduce training time and further enhance productivity.

The wireless DRX-1/DRX-1C detectors at the heart of the DRX-Revolution system also power the Carestream DRX-1 System; the Carestream DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit; the Carestream DRXEvolution modular DR suite; the Carestream DRX-Transportable System; and the Carestream DRX-Ascend System.

- Arab Health: Booth S3C30
- For more information, visit: www.carestream.com

Dräger presents care area solutions for hospitals and clinics

Dräger will presents a broad product portfolio and several new products at the Arab Health tradeshow in Dubai in January.

Core of this year's tradeshow is the presentation of Dräger’s care area solutions for acute point of care in hospitals and clinics. Dräger presents OR and IC workplaces and showcases its range of products as the right partner and system provider in the field of health management. Product highlight is the new PulmoVista 500. It is the first electrical- impedance-tomography device intended for everyday clinical use. With this device, intensivists are now able to view the regional distribution of lung ventilation directly at the bedside. With up to 50 images per second, physicians can track the effects of intensive care ventilation in real time.

Among the other presented items are medical devices for acute care, products for workplace design and supply units, as well as information management systems and visualization technology for everyday hospital applications. “

We invest in research and development to turn visions into technology for life. The demand for a sustainable health system in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has increased steadily in recent decades and offers a great growth potential in the future as well,” explains Michael Karsta, President of the Dräger Region Middle East, Africa, South West Asia. The rising demand for integrated and comprehensive health solutions by a growing and aging population increasingly facing Western diseases promotes the economic attractiveness of this region for Dräger as a provider of medical technology.

The Dräger booth provides different areas for product presentations, for example, on visualization for intensive care and anaesthesiology or on neonatal care. Dräger introduces solution options to reduce the complexity of information in the operating room and in intensive care units and to simplify workflows and provide help with the therapeutic decision- making process through new visualization possibilities.

- For more information, visit Dräger’s microsite: www.draeger.com/arabhealth
- Arab Health booth S2F50

Movement is the key to wellness

It is evident from the data we have seen from the World Health Organisation that cardiovascular disease, diabetes and a strew of non-communicable disease – caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices, expressly sedentary habits, poor diets and smoking – are and continue to be the leading cause of death globally.

Beyond the dim reality is the optimistic realisation that just 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day reduces these risks significantly. Encouraging people to move, and keep moving, is the key to overcoming these odds.

Incorporating this lifestyle change into the daily lives of the average person may seem easier said than done, but with the right tools and coaching, exercise can be more enjoyable and convenient than initially perceived. This brings up the question, what can be done to encourage patients to incorporate exercise into their daily regime, subsequently having a positive knock-on effect on their health and quality of life?

Innovative device

Technogym, in line with its ‘Exercise is Medicine’ initiative, recently introduced an innovative device to help motivate users to integrate more movement into their daily lives. MyWellness Key monitors the intensity and duration of all physical activity over the course of a routine day, both during typical activity and through sessions at the gym. This motivates key holders to augment their daily movement by providing immediate visual feedback, encouraging users to increase their activity day after day towards achieving their goals and enhancing overall wellbeing. Based on the user’s lifestyle, medical history and personal parameters, the doctor can then assign a daily activity target allowing users to challenge themselves to meet these goals.

The compact device records and stores information – including the intensity of movement and calories burnt – which can later be accessed through a web portal to track the individual’s physical activity and progress by the user, a personal trainer or a supervising doctor, who can provide valuable medical advice and feedback on the basis of accurate data.

What is unique about the device is that it allows users to realise that there are more ways than one to get the recommended daily dosage of exercise. By setting individual goals, the daily index measures ‘Moves’ associated with the vertical acceleration of the body, which in turn correlates with the expenditure of energy. The greater the intensity of movement, the higher the ‘Move’ score will be. Therefore, the more ‘Moves’ shown on My Wellness Key display, the closer to the desired goal is the wearer of the key. Not only do wearers of the device work hard to achieve their targets, they work harder to go above and beyond their goals.

Adding credibility to the device’s health benefits, My Wellness Key has received the ‘Health Innovation’ award at FIBO 2011 – an international fitness, wellness and health fair held every year in Essen, Germany – for motivating users to exercise more, both in the gym and in everyday life.

Moving more is at the very core of the institute for healthy living. As we encourage patients, co-workers, family members and the general public to find the simple steps that add up to an active lifestyle, we become part of the cure for non-communicable diseases.

 Date of upload: 21st Jan 2012


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