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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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Covidien Unveils Innovative Capnography Solution for OEM Partners

May 9, 2013 10:16 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, has launched the Microstream® MicroPod™ module. This is an important product for its Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners that will help hospitals improve patient safety by expanding access to capnography technology.

iCAD’s Xoft Intraoperative Radiation Therapy System Featured at American Society of Breast Surgeons Conference

May 3, 2013 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHUA, N.H. & CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2013--Booth #303 -- iCAD, Inc. (Nasdaq: ICAD), a leading provider of advanced imaging and radiation therapy technologies for the detection and treatment of cancer, today announced that the Company’s Xoft ® Axxent ® Electronic Brachytherapy System...

A Text Message a Day Keeps the Asthma Attack Away

May 1, 2013 10:56 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In a study by the Georgia Institute of Technology, pediatric patients who were asked questions about their symptoms and provided information about asthma via SMS text messages showed improved pulmonary function and a better understanding of their condition within four months, compared to other groups.

ETView Medical, Ltd. Announces US FDA Clearance of a 510(k) Pre-marketing Notification Application Expanding the VivaSight-DL line of Innovative Airway Devices

April 30, 2013 6:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ETView has announced that the company has received clearance of a 510(k) Pre-Marketing Notification Application with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanding the available sizes of the VivaSight- DL Airway Management System.

Photo of the Day: 4 Medical Advances Made Possible by BLDC Motors

April 25, 2013 5:19 pm | by Sinotech | Sinotech | News | Comments

The medical world is full of devices that wouldn’t be possible—or as effective—without the brushless DC motor. This infographic features four of them: sleep apnea treatment, bodily fluid testing, blood clot prevention, and mobile breathing assistance.

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Portable Ventilators & the Advanced Design of Brushless DC Motors

April 25, 2013 5:07 pm | by Michael Bloom, President, Sinotech | Sinotech | Articles | Comments

The BLDC motor is a synchronous electric motor that has coils wound around the stationary lamination stack of a stator—not a rotating armature—and magnets mounted on a rotor. This basic design has allowed engineers to create BLDC motors small enough to fit into portable ventilators used in hospitals, emergency vehicles, and homes.

Carticept Medical Announces Two Additional Navigator Delivery System Patents

April 23, 2013 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALPHARETTA, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 23, 2013--Carticept ® Medical, Inc., a developer of innovative drug delivery systems, today announced that its patents “Anesthetic Injection System” and “Imaging-Guided Anesthetic Injection Method” were issued today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...

Healthcare's First Direct Contracting Market Launches Today; Will Offer Mutually Beneficial Approach for Hospitals and Suppliers

April 22, 2013 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

IRVING, Texas, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today aptitude announced the launch of the healthcare industry's first online direct contracting market, a one-stop destination designed to complement a hospital's existing contracting model or provide an alternative for those looking...

Recall: Covidien pulls ventilator batteries amid defect concerns

April 19, 2013 3:54 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Massachusetts-based medical device maker Covidien announced a voluntary recall of certain Power Pac batteries distributed with its Newport HT70 and HT70 Plus ventilators, according to an FDA notice. Covidien launched the recall in response to reports that some batteries were resorting to back-up power sooner than expected while operating on the Power Pac battery.

Nucletron, an Elekta company, to Debut New Flexitron Brachytherapy Afterloading Platform at 2013 American Brachytherapy Society Meeting

April 18, 2013 10:00 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

At the 2013 American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) meeting April 18-20 in New Orleans , Nucletron, an Elekta company, (booth #300), will introduce its newly redesigned Flexitron remote afterloading platform. Flexitron emphasizes safety and efficiency in the brachytherapy workflow, increasing the clinician's confidence that executio...

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Teleflex Finalizes Supplier Agreement with Healthscope Group of Hospitals

April 18, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LIMERICK, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 18, 2013--Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has, through its wholly owned Australian subsidiary LMA PacMed Pty Ltd, finalized a supplier agreement with the Healthscope Group of...

Teleflex Signs New Agreement with HealthTrust for Anesthesia Products

April 15, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LIMERICK, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 15, 2013--Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced that it has been awarded a new agreement for its line of regional anesthesia products with HealthTrust, a healthcare group purchasing organization.

Icy Therapy Spot Treats Cancer in the Lung

April 14, 2013 10:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Frozen balls of ice can safely kill cancerous tumors that have spread to the lungs, according to the first prospective multicenter trial of cryoablation. The results are being presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 38th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans.

Teleflex Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for the ISO-Gard® Mask with ClearAir™ Technology

April 11, 2013 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LIMERICK, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 11, 2013--Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced that its Anesthesia and Respiratory business unit received 510(k) clearance 1 for the ISO-Gard ® Mask with ClearAir™ Technology,...

AsthmaSense Cloud Launches With New Features To Better Monitor Asthma

April 11, 2013 3:28 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SEVERNA PARK, Md., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical technology company, iSonea Ltd. (ASX: ISN; OTCQX: ISOAY), launched Thursday the newest smartphone asthma management application, AsthmaSense™ Cloud, to help asthmatics adhere to physician-prescribed treatment...

Sleep Nation, Inc. Wins All 100 Medicare Competitive Bid Areas

April 11, 2013 2:00 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sleep Nation, Inc., a national provider of CPAP supplies, today announced a major accomplishment as it has signed contracts with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  to be reimbursed for all competitive bid...

BD Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance and Commercial Launch of BD UltraSafe PLUS Passive Needle Guard

April 11, 2013 1:57 pm | by BD Medical | News | Comments

BD Medical, a segment of BD, a leading global medical technology company, announced today the commercial launch of a new passive needle guard technology, BD UltraSafe PLUS™. The BD UltraSafe PLUS™ Passive Needle Guard has received 510(k) clearance as an anti-needlestick safety device.

FDA Clears Medtronic's Affinity Fusion Blood Oxygenation System

April 2, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtronic said the FDA granted 510(k) clearance for its Affinity Fusion blood oxygenator, used during open heart surgery to replace the function of the lungs. The Minneapolis-area medical device company, which is the world's largest pure-play medtech maker, said the Affinity Fusion is designed to filter a patient's blood to remove particles and air during oxygenation.

ResMed Takes Aim at APEX Medical over Respiratory Device Patents

March 29, 2013 2:36 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

San Diego medical devices maker ResMed announced this week that it's going to "take action" to protect its respiratory patents, most recently by filing an infringement lawsuit against APEX Medical. ResMed filed parallel actions with the the International Trade Commission and in U.S federal courts, alleging that a handful of APEX's products violate patents for respiratory devices and masks.

Recall: Spacelabs Healthcare Pulls Anesthesia Workstations over Excess CO2 Risk

March 27, 2013 4:33 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Washington-based Spacelabs Healthcare recalled a slate of its Spacelabs BleaseSirius and BleaseFocus anesthesia workstations as well as certain absorbers contained in service kits over concerns that they may contain a defect which could result in excess carbon dioxide in the gas delivered to a patient. The FDA slapped the recall with Class I status...

Class I Medical Device Recall: Spacelabs Medical, Inc., Spacelabs Anesthesia Workstations and Service Kits

March 26, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

These products are used in the hospital environment and in locations not requiring mobility of the products. They provide respiratory support to deliver oxygen, air, and nitrous oxide in a controlled manner to various patient-breathing circuits with or without the use of a mechanical ventilator, and may be used to deliver anesthetic vapor.

COWIN Helps Sensaris Certify the ZAO Biomedical Sensor

March 25, 2013 10:13 am | by COWIN | News | Comments

Sensaris has announced that it has developed a novel, multi-sensor device for monitoring vital signs. Called the ZAO, it is currently going through the certification process and will be available mid 2013. Roughly the same size as a thick paperback book, it is designed to provide professional level diagnostic data so that it can be used by medical professionals and yet its low target volume price point of around €550 means that it can also be used by the home health market.

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