MASSDEVICE ON CALL — After an American Heart Assn. recommendation in 2000, hospitals around the country spent millions updating to automated defibrillators to improve the chances of saving patients who go into sudden cardiac arrest.
Research shows that the newer defibrillators, now present in almost every hospital in the country, actually save fewer lives than the older, low-tech defibrillators.
More than 1,000 more hospital patients die of cardiac arrest every year in the U.S. because of the AHA-endorsed switch to automated defibrillators, according to the L.A. Times.
"What we thought would work hasn’t worked so far," Roger White, a doctor on the subcommittee that provided defibrillator advice to the AHA told the newspaper.
The American Heart Assn. admitted to making their 2000 recommendation without any evidence that the newer automated defibrillators would work any better than the older versions.
Analogic announces re-branding initiative
Imaging device maker Analogic Corp. (NYSE:ALOG) announced the most extensive corporate rebrand of the company’s 40 year history in a press release. The Peabody, Mass.-based company plans to expand business opportunities in its computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and digital mammography systems.
pSivida inks a deal with pharmaceutical company
Watertown, Mass.-based pSivida Corp. (NSDQ:PSDV) inked a technology evaluation agreement with a leading global pharmaceutical company to evaluate the efficacy of its Durasert system, according to a press release.
Canadian hospital deploys 3,000 iPads
Dale Potter, chief information officer at Ottawa Hospital in Ontario distributed 3,000 iPads to employees and improved health care, according to TabTimes.com.