MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Stanford surgeons implanted a pacemaker into the heart of a 15-minute-old baby girl who was born with a dangerously low heart rate.
A team of 20 doctors implanted the device into the infant just minutes after she was born, 9 weeks premature, making her one of the youngest pacemaker recipients in the world.
Doctors threaded the pacemaker wires directly into her heart, which was about the size of a walnut, and the device is expected to last her for the next 10 years, the Associated Press reported.
HHS head Sebelius announces delays to ICD-10
Health & Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the Oct. 1, 2013 date for implementation of the ICD-10 disease classification system has been pushed back indefinitely, HISTalk reported.
Feds probe FDA crackdown on whistleblowers
Federal investigators expanded their investigation into claims that the FDA threatened employees, coerced cooperation and persecuted whistleblowers while allowing devices on the market without proper approval, Healthwatch reported.
Spine surgeon sues spine surgeon over experimental artificial disc
Connecticut spine surgeon Dr. Eric Garver sued Virginia spine surgeon Dr. Hallett Mathews after Mathews implanted an artificial spinal disc that failed to alleviate Garver’s pain, OutPatientSurgery.net reported.
Danish company developing cuff-free blood pressure measurement patch
Sense A/S is raising money for its blood pressure measurement system, a skin patch that transmits data to a wearable storage device, MedGadget reported.