A streamlined pathway for a common childhood fracture that uses removable splints rather than traditional plaster casts is leading to faster and simpler outcomes for families and hospitals. The pathway is designed to provide a more efficient treatment to patients, speed up treatment times in the ED and reduce demand on outpatient services at Flinders Medical Centre […]
Editor’s Note: This article is written by Diane Dobrea, attorney, strategist and counselor in the Intellectual Property Group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. Patent lawyers enjoy a unique opportunity to preview what may be the next great thing in a field, often long before even the first prototype is made and tested. It is exciting and […]
Ilene Busch-Vishniac has a real problem with hospital alarms. The renowned acoustics expert considers alarm failure to be one of the top medical technology hazards in the U.S. Busch-Vishniac, who presented her findings this month during the Acoustical Society of America’s Spring 2016 Meeting in Salt Lake City, built a model that predicts how often alarm errors will occur. Alarm failures […]
As trends in medtech have moved toward the miniaturization of new products, lighter-weight and more portable solutions, pneumatics technology has been keeping pace by focusing on application-specific solutions. Reducing power consumption, particularly for battery-operated equipment, has become an important factor, along with the ability to leverage more precise control and innovations in electro-pneumatic control. But […]
In the medtech industry, couplings play an important role in producing machinery. They are used to connect, transfer power, provide misalignment, protect, and more. As the industry evolves, coupling manufacturers will be tasked with designing unique parts to meet the growing need. With uniqueness in mind, bellows couplings have rare properties and are small – […]
Bearing trends mainly focus on extending bearing life and reducing issues with wear to achieve high performance levels and save energy. This could be for medical research, surgical and dental needs, or laboratory and diagnostic equipment. Designers and engineers are tasked with designing bearings for high-speed devices, as well as simple and complex ones. A […]
A small pressure sensor to ensure that the correct compression is maintained throughout surgery could be the key to reducing the incidence of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. The device to measure and apply pressures accurately is being developed in South Australia. The intelligent intermittent pneumatic compression device’s defining feature is a small tape […]
Multi-sensor systems form a crucial basis for the success of Industry 4.0 applications. They record, process and transmit a number of measurement parameters, such as pressure, acceleration and temperature all in a highly compact space. Machines are not the only ones to receive such sensors; workpieces are also increasingly being fitted with the intelligent sensor […]
South Australian business CPIE Pharmacy Services is preparing to trial prototypes of a single use, portable, electronic drug delivery pump specifically designed for the “Hospital in the Home” sector. CPIE General Manager Andrew Sluggett said the compact pumps would be able to deliver various infusions including antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, post-operative pain relief and rheumatoid arthritis […]
Among the key findings in the article, researchers concluded that, “improved terminal cleaning of rooms leads to a decreased rate of individual patient colonization and infection,” and likewise, “improved terminal cleaning of rooms leads to a decreased facility-wide rate of colonization and infection.” Meaning, healthcare environments have a direct impact on patient care and outcomes. […]
Approximately 15 million people over 60 years old in the United States suffer from vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Identifying the small subset of 10-15% of those patients who are experiencing Wet AMD, which involves fluid accumulating in the retina that can cause irreversible damage and blindness, is a difficult challenge. Clinicians […]
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