MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Scam artists are cooking up schemes to trick patients out of their money or personal information by taking advantage of the general uncertainty of healthcare reform.
Some opportunists are making cold calls to sell "Obamacare Cards" or to threaten legal action for a lack of insurance. Government officials have warned citizens not to give up any personal information, according to Kaiser Health News.
FDA OKs iMDsoft’s mobile anesthesia device as a Class I device
iMDsoft landed a major win for its mobile anesthesia application called myAnesthesia, which the FDA just re-labeled as a Class I device. With this kind of labeling, the iPad software-based application can now be used with more flexibility and in a wider variety of settings.
"Anesthesiologists can benefit from our safe and effective mobile anesthesia app with confidence, free from constraints of location or hospital IT requirements," said CEO David Sides.
CT imaging can improve outcomes in heart valve replacement procedures
New evidence suggests that CT angiographies – a computer-based imaging technique – may help improve patient outcomes in transcatheter aortic valve replacement implantation.
In a recent meeting in Montreal, Canada, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography issued a consensus statement supporting CT imaging as part of the overall evaluation process for patients considering TAVI. Using CT angiographies can reduce the risk of vascular leaks and other negative complications, researchers said.
Survival rates of heart repair patients correlates to moon cycles, study finds
During the waning full moon, patients undergoing heart repair surgeries had better survival rates and shorter stints in the hospital, researchers said. The study, published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, measured outcomes of patients undergoing acute aortic dissection repair and looked at the effects natural time variations might have on survival.