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CPAP Therapy Reduces Nightmares in Veterans with PTSD and Sleep Apnea

July 8, 2013 4:03 pm | by American Academy of Sleep Medicine | News | Comments

A new study suggests that CPAP therapy reduces nightmares in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and obstructive sleep apnea. Results show that the mean number of nightmares per week fell significantly with CPAP use, and reduced nightmare frequency after starting CPAP was best predicted by CPAP compliance.

New Test Spots More Lung Clots but Seems to Result in Overdiagnosis

July 3, 2013 10:24 am | by BMJ-British Medical Journal | News | Comments

The introduction of CT pulmonary angiography has been associated with an 80% rise in the detection of pulmonary emboli in the US, but with little change in death rates. Professor Renda Soylemez Wiener and colleagues argue this is evidence of overdiagnosis.

Home Healthcare Presents Design Challenges

July 2, 2013 11:54 am | by Ryan Striker, P.E., Electrical Engineer, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

To unlock the potential of more frequent therapy, medical devices must move out of the doctor’s office and travel with patients to their homes and offices. But, this great opportunity is not without its challenges. The same patient who stands to reap great benefit from a home medical device may instead endanger themselves by applying the device incorrectly.

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The Obstacles to Design Success for Home Care Products

July 1, 2013 4:38 pm | by Garren Walters, Applications Team Leader, Precision Fluidics Division, Parker Hannifin | Parker Hannifin Corporation | Blogs | Comments

As Parker sees it, the three biggest obstacles to [design] success for patient care products, such as oxygen concentrators and ventilators, are portability, battery life, and reliability. To make home care products more portable, Parker has reduced the size of some valves up to 75%.

Pneumonia Revealed in a Cough

June 27, 2013 4:12 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

A new method, which analyzes the sounds in a child's cough, could soon be used in poor, remote regions to diagnose childhood pneumonia reliably. According to Udantha Abeyratne from the University of Queensland in Australia and colleagues, this simple technique of recording coughs with a microphone on the patient's bedside table, has the potential to revolutionize the management of childhood pneumonia in remote regions around the world.

Powering the Homecare Medical Device Market

June 26, 2013 2:54 pm | by John Benatti, Field Applications Engineer, Astrodyne | Articles | Comments

With the 3rd Edition of IEC 60601-1 impacting U.S. design engineers in June, it is critical they are aware of the implications to their medical device designs. For home healthcare devices, there is a collateral standard that will have a specific effect. This article focuses in on powering these products and the items in the standard of significance for that aspect.

Reports of Retained Guidewires Draw Attention to 'Never Events' in Anesthesia

June 24, 2013 10:43 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Retention of guidewires used to place central venous catheters (CVCs) is a complication that is considered always preventable—but nevertheless still happens, according to a report in the July issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

Class I Medical Device Recall: Medtronic Xomed, Inc., NIM Trivantage EMG Endotracheal Tube

June 21, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The firm received complaints of "cuff leak" or "cuff deflation" occurring when the inflation valve cap is inappropriately removed (pulled off, instead of snapped-off sideways). This requires the physician to re-inflate or replace the deflated tube to ensure the continued breathing support of the patient. Use of this recalled product can result in serious adverse health consequences, including death.

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Girl Who Took on Transplant Rules Gets New Lungs

June 13, 2013 4:20 pm | by Keith Collins and Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis was recovering from a transplant of adult lungs after a judge's ruling expanded her options for lifesaving surgery. Sarah Murnaghan underwent a six-hour surgery Wednesday at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a procedure her aunt said resulted because of the larger list of available organs.

Accessible CO2 Technology Increases Caregiver Efficiency

June 13, 2013 3:09 pm | by Linda Broido, Global Product Manager, Covidien | Blogs | Comments

In today’s medical facilities, healthcare providers face heavy workloads and care for more patients with decreased clinical staff. They need products and technologies that help them provide effective care as efficiently as possible. At Covidien, our goal is to provide monitoring solutions that enhance patient care in a range of clinical environments.

Inogen One G3 Found Significantly More Versatile in Portable Oxygen Concentrator Comparison Report

June 13, 2013 1:17 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Inogen, Inc., a manufacturer and accredited homecare provider of oxygen therapy equipment and services, today announced that the 4.8 pound Inogen One® G3 portable oxygen concentrator (POC) was reviewed as the top performer in many categories among four portable oxygen concentrators in a recent report by an independent third party testing service with expertise in respiratory products, administered by Strategic Dynamics Inc.

New Era in Medicine Comes to Arizona

June 12, 2013 4:49 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Lung transplant surgeons at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix have performed Arizona's first "breathing" lung transplantation. Even in transport, these lungs are kept breathing and circulating with blood. This experimental sci-fi technology, nicknamed "Lung-in-a-Box," could revolutionize the field of lung transplantation.

Teleflex Acquires Innovative Technology for Laryngeal Masks and other Airway Management Devices

June 11, 2013 7:30 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, today announced it has acquired the assets of Ultimate Medical and its affiliates. Ultimate Medical is a leading supplier and innovator of airway management devices with a portfolio of patented products and a full range of laryngeal mask airways.

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Judge's Ruling Challenges U.S. Transplant System

June 10, 2013 9:45 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's a life or death matter: Who gets the next scarce donated organ? In an unprecedented challenge to the nation's transplant system, a federal judge has allowed one dying child — and a day later another — to essentially jump the line in rulings that could have ramifications for thousands of people awaiting new organs.

Distributing Healthcare

May 31, 2013 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

One of the most interesting things about my position is seeing the changes in one of the most dynamic industries around—the medical device industry (and, in a broader sense, the healthcare industry). In my 13+ years of reporting on this industry, I’ve seen many changes and technological advances. It truly is remarkable to think about how far certain sectors of the industry have come in what is really a very short period of time.

Home Healthcare and Home-Use Medical Device Design

May 30, 2013 3:14 pm | by Kristina Bosland, Sr. Human Factors Engineer, Farm Design | Farm | Blogs | Comments

Home healthcare and the use of medical devices outside of the professional healthcare environment are on the rise. Modern medicine allows us to live longer and provides those with chronic diseases the ability to receive medical care at home. Examples of home-use devices are oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, sleep apnea monitors, body-worn nerve and muscle stimulators, and dialysis machines, just to name a few.

PA Girl's Parents Challenge Lung Donor Rule

May 28, 2013 12:30 pm | by Ron Todt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The parents of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who has been waiting for a lung transplant for a year and a half are calling for a change in the policy governing organ transplants that they say has prevented their increasingly sick daughter from getting life-saving surgery.

CT Detects Twice as Many Lung Cancers as X-Ray at Initial Screening Exam

May 23, 2013 10:46 am | by American College of Radiology | News | Comments

National Lung Screening Trial investigators also conclude that the 20 percent reduction in lung cancer mortality with low-dose computed tomography versus chest X-ray screening previously reported in the NLST primary paper is achievable at experienced screening centers in the United States.

Covidien’s Technology Platform to Diagnose Early Lung Cancer Part of New Guidelines of American College of Chest Physicians

May 21, 2013 6:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2013--Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced that its superDimension Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB™) system, the first technology of its kind, is included in the new American College of Chest...

Covidien Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Nellcor Pulse Oximetry Motion Claims

May 20, 2013 11:11 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, today announced that its Nellcor™ pulse oximetry portfolio, which is used to measure arterial oxygen saturation, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for motion claims.

The University of Sydney and ResMed partner to accelerate research in sleep-disordered breathing and biomedical engineering

May 13, 2013 4:30 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SYDNEY, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Sydney and ResMed Limited today announced a new partnership that includes significant and long-term funding of research at the University, ultimately benefitting the hundreds of millions of sufferers of sleep-disordered breathing worldwide.

A Material Argument: Ceramic Injection Molding

May 13, 2013 3:17 pm | by Dr. Rachael Ambury, Sales and Applications Engineer, Morgan Technical Ceramics. | Morgan Technical Ceramics | Articles | Comments

Ceramic injection molded products are increasingly being used in the manufacture of innovative medical components and devices, thanks to the unique range of material and performance attributes. In this article, the material, its key features, and the growing range of applications for which it is suited are highlighted.

Breakthrough ‘AffloVest’ Greatly Advances Respiratory Care

May 13, 2013 1:46 pm | by International Biophysics Corporation | News | Comments

A new high frequency chest wall oscillation vest that gives respiratory patients the freedom to move around during treatments is now available in the United States, International Biophysics Corporation has announced. The AffloVest represents a major advancement in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, and similar related ailments.

Anaesthetists’ Survey Delivers Food for Thought

May 13, 2013 1:23 pm | by Creative Medical Research | News | Comments

A recent Europe-wide survey of Anaesthetists has revealed a range of issues affecting the profession in relation to existing and future technologies. The 15-minute long survey of 104 anaesthetists from western, northern and southern Europe asked a number of pertinent questions concerning the nature of current technologies and those expected to come on stream in the near future.

Engineers Fine-Tune the Sensitivity of Nano-Chemical Sensor

May 9, 2013 10:56 am | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a technique for controlling the sensitivity of graphene chemical sensors. The sensors, made of an insulating base coated with a graphene sheet--a single-atom-thick layer of carbon--are already so sensitive that they can detect an individual molecule of gas.

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