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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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