Nov-Dec 2011

Fanem brings new products to Medica 2011

Fanem, a leading Brazilian manufacturer of neonatal products, will be launching at Medica 2011 the Koala Crib and the Bilitron Sky (both from the neonatal line), and the Excelsa Flex Centrifuge, a new biosafety item.

“Medica is an important event for international business. It gives Fanem an opportunity to strengthen our brand image in the international market and increase our distribution network worldwide,” said Marlene Schmidt, Fanem’s Executive Director.

Middle East focus

At Medica the company intends to focus on the Middle East, which today represents 30% of Fanem’s total exports. It has just opened a new office in Jordan that is serving the Arab market with a network of 20 dealers covering countries, such as Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Oman and Jordan itself, among others. Also, a new industrial unit has been recently opened in India, thus becoming the first Brazilian company of the sector to operate directly in that country.

Koala Crib complements the range of Fanem’s cribs, and offers comfort and safety in situations of rest, transportation and accommodation of the newborn in a hospital environment. It has a height and angle adjustment system for positioning the crib and it ensures total safety and ergonomic conditions for the mother and the baby.

The foam mattress provides high comfort for the baby. It also has handles, which not only facilitate the transportation, but also reduce the risk of infection due to contact and handling. It contains the traditional storage compartment to put away objects, a feature pioneered by Fanem on all its crib models, besides the serum holder, thus facilitating the procedures and care of the newborn.

Excelsa Flex 3400 Centrifuge can be used in laboratories and health services for blood typing, washing of cells and cytological analysis and other purposes. The equipment has an innovative electronic unbalance detection system that prevents noise and vibration that may jeopardize the outcome of the analysis. It has a cover with absorber and lock, so that the centrifuge can only be opened when the process is completed, thus avoiding connection errors. It comes with advanced features with a 16-bit DSP digital signal processor, using sophisticated mathematical algorithms to precisely control the selected rotation, which ensures smoother acceleration and braking movements, during the centrifugation process. Its compact and stylish design is ideal for use in tight spaces.

Bilitron Sky is the first phototherapy device with compact dimensions and microprocessed control that integrates functions such as the capability of measuring the treatment time, reporting the time used by the emitting light source, listing and memorising the device measuring, and integrating a sensor to measure the high radiance emitted by the differentiated Super LEDs.

The conventional phototherapies emit UV and infrared ray concentration, which may cause harm to the retina, skin, photo sensitivity, among other complications to the newborn. Bilitron concentrates its power in the blue spectrum that is the ideal range of the spectrum for the treatment of the hyperbilirubinemia, thus eliminating those potential harms to the patient. Opposing to the conventional phototherapies, a great differential of the equipment is that it allows the recycling of the components; the multiplication of the shelf life of the light source; and the lowest consumption of energy in phototherapy.

Fanem currently exports to more than 90 countries and has been acknowledged by several organisations for its activity in this field.

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Philips introduces unique backup foetal and maternal monitoring solution

Philips Healthcare has announced the global availability of Avalon Smart Pulse, the first technology to provide a new source for automatically detecting situations where maternal pulse may be confused with the foetal heart rate without the need to apply additional electrodes or sensors. The only company to offer this technology, Philips developed Smart Pulse to help clinicians make more informed decisions about delivering a baby. Smart Pulse is now available for customers in the Middle East and U.S. after being introduced to international markets in May 2010.

Traditionally, clinicians rely on two methods to measure maternal pulse: ECG and SpO2. In most pregnancies, however, these are not routinely monitored. In situations where ECG and SpO2 data is not collected, Smart Pulse automatically kicks in to provide the maternal pulse reading. Smart Pulse technology is built into the Toco MP transducer, the new uterine activity transducer, which is then routinely placed on the mother’s abdomen to record uterine contractions during labour and delivery. Using a heart rate comparison technique known as “coincidence detection,” the maternal pulse is continuously compared with the foetal heart rate and provides an important backup to the traditional ECG electrodes or SpO2 sensors, which may become disconnected or are often not used at all. Since Smart Pulse is part of routine monitoring and is “always on” by continuously calculating without the need for additional wires or sensors, it provides comfort for mothers.

With Smart Pulse, two maternal pulse sensors under the plastic surface of the Toco MP transducer scatter infrared light through the bottom layer of the transducer. This light is reflected by tissue and blood vessels. The pulsating diameter of small arteries causes changes in the reflected light. The measured light changes are evaluated and a maternal pulse is displayed and recorded.

In addition to Smart Pulse, the Avalon foetal-maternal monitoring portfolio offers several other key advantages, including:

- Built-in optional Non-Stress Test (NST) Trace Interpretation, a Philips clinical decision support application for antepartum monitoring, which can help to improve efficiency and workflow by sorting out traces that require closer analysis by the obstetrician

- The ability to monitor triplets on a single monitor, available from Philips in the Avalon FM series

- Optional battery capability to enable fetal/maternal monitoring during transport in health care facilities

- True cableless monitoring, available with the Avalon CTS, that allows ambulation of the mother or bathing and showering while continuously monitoring the baby and the mother

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The human motion laboratory

Huber Motion Lab is referred to as a ‘true human motion laboratory’. It is a technologically advanced physical training device used by leading back and movement treatment centres and by some of the world’s top sports institutes. The Motion Lab uses a unique technology that improves physical abilities while strengthening core posture muscles – with applications in health, beauty and sport.

This state-of-the-art equipment sets the body in motion with an oscillating platform and mobile column. It mobilises joints while gently and safely recruiting the deep muscles which are often neglected by traditional physical exercise. It helps improve strength, flexibility, joint amplitude, coordination, posture and balance.

The device was developed in France by a scientific team composed of chiropractors, sport coaches and physical therapists.

In healthcare specifically, for more than 90% of the most common physical therapy conditions, rehabilitation exercises can be performed with the Huber Motion Lab.

Early muscle mobilisation and on-going proprioceptive work. Proactive exercises that protect joints and prevent pain.

Complete muscle recruitment with constant movement with no cardiac overload. Features on-screen heart rate monitor.

Quantifiable load of lesion. Integration of the correction in both postural and functional planes.

Gradual restoration of the pelvic floor with the HU-Seat’s controlled pelvic tilt.

Controlled exercises with magnitude and speed differentials that target multiple joints, and passive spinal muscle recruitment. Operation is based on patient’s sensation.

Engaging interface combines vestibular, muscular and articular exercises that are perfectly adapted to aging patients’ physiology.

Constant neuromuscular integration through visual feedback and dual-purpose exercises.

The Huber Motion Lab is manufactured by French company LPG and is available in the Middle East, with offices in the UAE, located in Dubai (Tel: +971 4 44 56 862) and Abu Dhabi (Tel: +971 2 65 03 909), where a team of qualified experienced salespeople therapists, and engineers, are in charge of distributing the Hubert Motion Lab and training staff, coaches, and therapist in the entire region.

A spokesperson for Huber Motion Lab told Middle East Health that the device should be used under the guidance of a fitness trainer for the first three or four sessions until the patient or sports person gets used to using it. “However, the Huber Motion Lab is user friendly. Individuals get to understand how to operate it after the first session.”

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Albatross provides custom-designed themed lighting solutions

Albatross Projects is a world-leading system provider for RF rooms, EMC- and Microwave test sites. The company supplies customised turn-key solutions for all industrial sectors, for the healthcare, defence and governmental markets. Albatross Projects is a powerful and dynamic enterprise able to expand into new markets and to acquire new customers. Their products are based on years of experience and knowledge, placing them in an excellent position to develop and manufacture new innovative products and systems.

The theme of light is on the rise in the medical sector. The time of the classical light bulb is over. LED technology is already used in many applications, including inside the RF room. This affords us a number of lighting solutions; from the basic LED warm or cold lighting, through to ultra-high-end designs using LED light bars. Such systems are controlled from outside the RF room and can provide the patient with relaxing ‘mood’ lighting. This could, for example, replicate a warm sunny atmosphere on a cold winter’s day while on hot sunny days, a rather cooler shade of blue lighting. Other significant advantages of LED lighting are their inherent long life, low power consumption and low heat generation. Albatross Projects will design and install special themed LED backlighting systems for our customers.

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SoChlor for environmental disinfection

GV Health, a leader in infection prevention and control, today introduces its new SoChlor portfolio of environmental disinfection products. SoChlor is an integrated suite of products which draws on GV Health's proven expertise in infection prevention to help infection control specialists, healthcare cleaning professionals and facilities managers provide cleaner healthcare environments.

Good hygiene is vital for preventing HCAIs in hospitals. The United Kingdom’s National Cleaning Manual recommends the use of chlorine based disinfection products at suitable strength. However, a number of studies have found that inadequate disinfection strength resulting from degradation of the chlorine following extended storage and incorrect dilution is a major cause of ineffective cleaning.

SoChlor addresses both problems by delivering chlorine in tablet and granule form rather than as a liquid. Supplies of disinfectant are made up in-situ and on demand using a specially designed diluter. Two different strengths can be made, for general environmental cleaning and for more serious terminal and barrier cleaning, both to the correct level of dilution. SoChlor tablets have been developed to achieve the optimum balance between compact storage, speed of dissolving and simplicity for users.

SoChlor DST - Combining Detergent with Chlorine

SoChlor DST provides a further advance in that the detergent-sanitising tablets combine an anionic surfactant with chlorine to deliver an effective detergent sanitiser. Significant productivity gains for environmental, terminal and outbreak cleaning. Tests in a leading general hospital have shown that by using the combined DST rather than following the traditional clean-rinse-disinfect process cleaning times can be significantly reduced without any increase in infection risk.

Upgraded GV Health Spillage Kits

SoChlor Granules are super-absorbent and used to neutralise and absorb spillages of biohazards such as blood, urine and vomit, prior to cleaning of the spill area. Absorbent granules are a key part of GV Health's spill cleaning kits for biohazards, noroviruses, chemicals and cytotoxins and all GV Health spill kits are currently being upgraded to deploy the latest SoChlor range. GV Health Spill cleaning kits are available in NHS hospitals on exclusive supply contracts through NHS Supply Chain.

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Touch Screen cardiopulmonary diagnostics

What used to be “science fiction” has now become reality! Schiller’s new range of touch screen ECG systems stands for sophisticated cardiography, uniting precision performance as well as attractive ergonomics.

At a simple touch of the large, high-resolution colour display, 12-lead ECGs and pulmonary function tests can be recorded, selected and printed in a matter of seconds. Both ECG systems are designed for resting ECGs as well as spirometry, whereas the MS-2015 is equipped with a larger screen and will soon be complemented with exercise ECG.

Full connectivity to EMR systems and the SEMA-200 ECG management system enables streamlining ECG workflows and improving efficiency. The MS-2010 and MS-2015 both simplify diagnostic ECG interpretation by delivering high-quality clinical analysis reports for thrombolysis within seconds whenever and wherever needed.

Also, the management of patient data has been considerably improved by:

- Onscreen review of ECG to save paper and prevent costly repetitions of ECGs

- Export of ECG records in XML, DICOM or PDF format via SCS (Schiller Communication Server)

- Automatic storage, transmission and printing of resting ECG data

- Barcode scanning: the barcode reader option helps reduce errors by automating the input of patient data

- 3, 6, 3x4, 2x6 or 12- lead ECG display

- 12 lead ECG real-time printout (manual mode)

Streamline your cardiopulmonary diagnostic tests and enjoy the lean ergonomics of Schiller touch screen devices.

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Siemens launches new fluoroscopy system Luminos Agile

Luminos Agile is Siemens' first under-table X-ray system with a flexible heightadjustable table. Patients with mobility issues will now find it easier to mount the table, while staff will be able to perform procedures on patients during fluoroscopy more conveniently than ever before. A dynamic flat detector allows for wider coverage of anatomical regions so that, for example, the entire abdomen can be captured in a single image. Luminos Agile supports both fluoroscopic and radiographic applications, making the system extremely versatile.

Luminos Agile's examination table can be lowered to 65 centimetres – hardly taller than an average chair – making it much easier for elderly patients, patients with mobility issues, and children to mount the table. It can then be raised to a maximum of 112 centimetres, a comfortable height for physicians to perform procedures on patients during fluoroscopy. No other system currently on the market offers this flexibility of table height. The table also has a 275-kilo capacity and a wide 60- centimeter opening between the table and the detector, making it easier to examine obese and immobile patients. Patients in wheelchairs can even undergo fluoroscopy exams while still seated in their wheelchairs: the table is simply tilted 90 degrees and the wheelchair can be positioned between detector and table. Luminos Agile's 43 x 43-centimeter dynamic flat detector provides an image that is up to 116% larger than that of a conventional 33-cm image intensifier, enabling a wider coverage of anatomical regions.

Luminos Agile can be combined with the Ysio digital radiography solution to obtain a comprehensive fluoroscopy/radiography system. With the optional installation of a wireless detector, ceiling-mounted X-ray tube with interactive user interface, and Bucky wall stand, the fluoroscopy room can double as a digital radiography room.

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 Date of upload: 15th Nov 2011


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