Jul-Aug 2008

Draeger introduces new emergency ventilator

Draeger’s Oxylog 2000 plus is the newest member of the Oxylog family of emergency and transport ventilators. The device is specifically designed for ambulance services and emergency departments, combining volume controlled ventilation with ventilation modes that support patient's spontaneous breathing. Now as an option, patients can also be ventilated non-invasively. The Oxylog 2000, a market mainstay for 15 years, will be phased out. The new device joins the Oxylog 1000 and 3000 family in the second quarter of 2008.

With the Oxylog 2000 plus emergency physicians, paramedics and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) can now choose between different ventilation techniques – including the option pressure support (spontaneous breathing support) and non-invasive ventilation. Additionally, the synchronisation with the patient’s breathing has been improved resulting in a minimized trigger delay.

The ventilator now has a large display which is divided into three areas. At a glance, users can see the monitored data, airway pressure and ventilation parameters. The airway pressure is displayed in the form of a bar-graph showing current and previous airway pressure measurements, breath by breath.

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World’s smallest heart pump gets FDA approval

Abiomed’s Impella 2.5 Cardiac Assist Device, the world’s smallest hunt pump, has received US FDA clearance.

The device is likely to change the standard of care in the catheterization lab. The Impella 2.5 is inserted percutaneously in the cath lab via the femoral artery into the left ventricle.

Up to 2.5 litres of blood per minute are delivered by the pump from the left ventricle into the ascending aorta, providing the heart with active support in critical situations. The Impella 2.5 is cleared for use under FDA’s 510(k) for partial circulatory support for periods up to six hours.

The Impella 2.5 is now approved in more than 40 countries, including in Europe for up to seven days of support under the CE Mark. The Impella platform has been used to treat over 1,500 patients outside the US and has been the subject of more than 40 peer reviewed publications.

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New Rigel 288 tester verifies electrical equipment

Rigel Medical has introduced a powerful new software program dedicated to the efficient recording and management of electro-medical equipment safety testing records.

The new Med-eBase software has been developed for medical equipment companies and service firms to complement the recently introduced Rigel 288 advanced tester used to verify the status of electrical medical equipment in line with IEC 60601-1 and the new IEC62353 in-service safety testing standard.

The high performance database program is designed around Microsoft Windows user interface and allows the user to easily manage the transfer of data to and from the Rigel 288 tester using Bluetooth connectivity.

As well as all conventional equipment and test data, MedeBase also has the facility to print out test certificates, store functional and performance test data and incorporate additional comments to provide a comprehensive test database and asset management register for all medical equipment.

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Sensors for pulse oximeters

Mediaid manufactures a complete line of reusable and disposable compatible sensors for most Pulse Oximeter brands from around the world. The company’s sensors come in three sizes: Paediatric, Adult and Multi Site Y sensor with 3 or 9 foot cable.

The company manufactures three types of disposable sensors:
● Microfoam Soft foam sensor that is latex free and designed for single patient use. Available in four sizes: Adult, Pediatric, Infant and Neonatal
● Medplast Cloth tape material that is latex free and designed for single patient use with an adhesive wrap. Compatible with Nellcor oximeters. Available in two sizes: Adult and Neonatal
● Transpore Porous surgical tape material that is latex free and designed for single patient use with an adhesive wrap. Compatible with Nellcor and BCI oximeters. Available in two sizes: Adult and Pediatric

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New mesh developed to reduce hernias

Spanish scientists at the University of Alcalá have developed a mesh prosthesis for incisional hernias. The prosthesis – called Laparomesh – is made of silicon and polypropylene shaped like an “upside down T”. It is nondegradable.

The goal of the Laparomesh is to create a reinforcement much like a tendon in the linea alba that would efficiently consolidate the suture of the laparotomy and significantly reduce the cases of incisional hernias.

Different to the other prostheses of its type, it encloses both apertures of the abdominal wall, attaching itself to the different anatomical planes by means of a polypropylene suture.

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Volcano Corp says OCT catheter in first human procedure

Volcano Corporation, a manufacturer and developer of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), functional measurement (FM) and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) products designed to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral vascular disease, announced the first human procedure using the Volcano OCT Imaging catheter.

The procedure was performed by Dr Patrick Serruys at the Thoraxcenter, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Volcano OCT will complement its existing line of IVUS imaging catheters and pressure guidewires used for coronary imaging and lesion assessment. Volcano acquired the OCT technology through its purchase of CardioSpectra at the end of 2007.

Volcano's OCT imaging platform provides high-resolution images in the 10-15 micron range, opening the door for new applications to complement both IVUS and angiography.

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FDA approves implantable respiratory stimulation system for paralysed patients

The US FDA has approved the the NeuRx DPS RA/4 Respiratory Stimulation System, an implantable electronic device that stimulates the diaphragm and allows certain spinal cord injury patients to breathe for at least four hours a day without a mechanical ventilator.

“While the NeuRx RA/4 does not cure paralysis of the diaphragm, it allows patients to be free from a mechanical ventilator for at least four hours a day, which may enhance their quality of life,” said Daniel G. Schultz, MD, Director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Patients with severe spinal cord injuries who cannot control their diaphragms often need mechanical ventilation to help them breathe. This usually requires a full-time connection to a ventilation machine. The NeuRx DPS RA/4 uses four electrodes implanted in the muscle of the diaphragm to electronically stimulate contraction; this stimulation allows the patient to inhale.

The FDA approved the distribution of this device under a Humanitarian Device Exemption, an approval process for devices intended to treat or diagnose conditions that affect fewer than 4,000 people in the US per year. NeuRx DPS RA/4 is manufactured by Synapse Biomedical of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Worldwide availability of new Carestream IMS platform

Carestream has announced worldwide availability of its Kodak Carestream Information Management Solutions This expanded platform offers healthcare providers more convenient viewing of medical imaging exams and other types of patient documents, in addition to managing and storing these files through a centralized database.

The newest IMS upgrade equips clinicians to view patient data and images from any location through a virtual desktop. For example, laboratory and pathology reports, video files and other patient data can be viewed side-by-side with DICOM imaging studies.

This simplified access to patient data can enhance the diagnostic process and simultaneously deliver improved productivity since clinicians no longer need to go to several locations to view different types of files. The updated CARESTREAM IMS platform incorporates standards such as the XDS (cross enterprise document sharing).

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 Date of upload: 23rd July 2008

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