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Covidien recalls tracheostomy tubes

August 15, 2012 12:00 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Medical device firm Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) has recalled several lots of cuffed Shiley brand tracheostomy tubes, which are inserted into patients’ windpipes to help them breathe when they can not do so on their own. The recall followed customer complaints about leakage or disconnection between inner and outer cannulae during mechanical ventilation of patients.

In-Vitro Study Data Shows That Wound Dressing With Silver Kills Multidrug-Resistant Organisms

August 13, 2012 1:40 pm | by ConvaTec | News | Comments

ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, today announced in vitro study results showing that a wound dressing containing ionic silver is able to kill several strains of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), commonly referred to as ‘superbugs.’

Cook Medical’s Ongoing Zilver PTX Trial Data Show Higher Freedom From Target Lesion Revascularization (TLR) Rates Compared to Angioplasty and Bare Metal Stenting After Three Years

August 13, 2012 1:37 pm | News | Comments

Previously unreleased three-year data from the Zilver PTX Randomized Controlled Trial of Paclitaxel-Eluting Stents for Femoropopliteal Disease indicate that Cook Medical’s paclitaxel-eluting peripheral vascular stent demonstrated 83.0 percent freedom from TLR at 36 months in the PTX group...


Breathe's Non-Invasive Open Ventilation System Approved for Department of Veterans Affairs Federal Supply Schedule

August 13, 2012 1:35 pm | News | Comments

Breathe Technologies, Inc. received official approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs for its Non-Invasive Open Ventilation (NIOV™) System to be added to the Federal Supply Schedule (FSS). The NIOV System has important benefits for patients with later stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

Welch Allyn Enhances Partners in Care Comprehensive Support Program to Decrease Interruptions and Equipment Downtime for Healthcare Providers

August 13, 2012 9:29 am | News | Comments

Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of frontline medical products and solutions, today announced enhancements to its Partners in Care™ Comprehensive Support Program that will further help decrease interruptions to healthcare providers’ workflows due to equipment downtime. Partners in Care Comprehensive Support Program, designed to be a simple, yet in-depth solution focusing on three tenets...

NIST focuses on testing standards to support lab on a chip commercialization

August 10, 2012 9:13 pm | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

Lab on a chip (LOC) devices -- microchip-size systems that can prepare and analyze tiny fluid samples with volumes ranging from a few microliters (millionth of a liter) to sub-nanoliters (less than a billionth of a liter) -- are envisioned to one day revolutionize how laboratory tasks such as diagnosing diseases and investigating forensic evidence are performed.

Improving The Power To Heal May Start With Surgeon's Fingertips

August 10, 2012 11:15 am | News | Comments

The intricate properties of the fingertips have been mimicked and recreated using semiconductor devices in what researchers hope will lead to the development of advanced surgical gloves. The devices, shown to be capable of responding with high precision to the stresses and strains associated with touch and finger movement...

IMRIS reports second quarter 2012 financial results

August 9, 2012 4:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IMRIS Inc. today reported its results for the second quarter of 2012.  All figures are reported in US dollars. Highlights include three VISIUS Surgical Theatres sold in second quarter to hospitals in the U.S. and second quarter order bookings of $22 million contribute to $46 million in H1 2012 order bookings.


Companies Showcase ‘Battery Free’ Artificial Pancreas

August 9, 2012 3:35 pm | News | Comments

Bruce Renfrew,  Mike Phillips of Renfrew Group International (RGi)  and Professor Joan Taylor from De Montfort University (DMU) showcased their innovative new device at the prestigious Global Life Science Summit in London last week, to bring their collaborative ‘circuitless’  Artificial Pancreas closer to reality for millions of people living with Type 1 diabetes.

Stryker Faces First Lawsuit for Recalled Hip Implants

August 9, 2012 11:53 am | News | Comments

South Florida law firm Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA (Searcy Denney) announced today that it has filed the first lawsuit against Howmedica Osteonics Corporation, dba Stryker Orthopaedics, claiming damages caused by the company’s defective and recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant systems. The suit was filed in Bergen County, New Jersey Superior Court, by Searcy Denney and Weitz & Luxenberg…

Welch Allyn Offers Vital Signs Device Connectivity to Physician Practices in Canada

August 8, 2012 11:40 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Through a partnership with QHR Technologies, Inc. (TSX-V: QHR), Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic solutions, now offers a more comprehensive line of connected vital signs devices in Canada’s primary care market.

Wearable Technology Market to Exceed $6 Billion by 2016

August 8, 2012 11:36 am | by IMS Research | News | Comments

Increasing demand for actionable, real-time data in a range of applications is driving strong demand for wearable technology. 14 million wearable devices were shipped in 2011; by 2016, wearable technology will represent a minimum revenue opportunity of $6 billion...

Varian Medical Systems Chooses Data Conversion Laboratory to Convert Critical Technical Documentation to DITA XML

August 8, 2012 11:01 am | by Varian Medical Systems | News | Comments

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), a leader in converting content to new formats, has been selected by Varian Medical Systems to migrate some of the company’s technical materials into DITA XML.


American Heart Association Awarded $1.2M Grant from the Edwards Lifesciences Fund for Valvular Disease Education

August 8, 2012 9:53 am | News | Comments

The American Heart Association will launch a fully interactive valvular disease patient education center thanks to a grant from The Edwards Lifesciences Fund. The donor-advised fund will award $1.2 million to the American Heart Association over the next four years...

Covalon to Present FDA Cleared IV ClearT Antimicrobial Silicone Adhesive Dressing at FIME: the Largest International Medical Trade Fair and Congress in the United States

August 8, 2012 8:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Covalon Technologies Ltd., an advanced medical technologies company, today announced that it is presenting its latest breakthrough antimicrobial products, including the recently United States FDA cleared IV ClearT at the 2012 FIME International Medical Expo ("FIME") from August 8 to 10 in Miami Beach, Florida.As a seminar guest speaker, Dr. Val DiTizio, Covalon's Chief Scientific Officer...

Andante Medical Devices Launches iSmartStep Basic for Use with iPhone & iPod Touch into the Home Care Physical Therapy Market

August 7, 2012 4:50 pm | by Andante Medical Devices | News | Comments

Andante Medical Devices, Inc. announced today the immediate availability of their SmartStep® App for iPhone and iPod touch. The SmartStep App is used in conjunction with iSmartStep® Basic, a Functional Feedback Therapy (FFT) device that will allow patients to continue at home...

Codman Receives FDA PMA Approval for Medstream Programmable Infusion System

August 7, 2012 3:50 pm | by Codman & Shurtleff | News | Comments

Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman), the global neurological device company, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval through a PMA supplement for its MEDSTREAM™ Programmable Infusion System, an implantable infusion pump and catheter system...

Teleflex Medical OEM Receives Patent for High-Strength, Coreless Force Fiber Suture

August 7, 2012 2:01 pm | by Teleflex Medical | News | Comments

Teleflex Medical OEM, a global leader in custom sutures and performance fibers, has been issued a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a unique high-strength suture. U.S. Patent 8,088,146 addresses a suture that combines a proprietary coreless braid design...

Pilot Results Move GHX Closer to Delivery of Healthcare Industry’s First Implantable Device Supply Chain Solution

August 7, 2012 1:47 pm | by GHX | News | Comments

GHX today announced successful results from its initial implantable device supply chain (IDSC) pilot sites. The company began rolling out the first phase of its pilot program earlier this year with sites including both healthcare provider and manufacturer organizations.

ulrich medical USAT Releases New Spinal Implant for US Market - golden gate@ Lateral Plate System

August 7, 2012 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ulrich medicalUSA, Inc. today announced the US market release of the golden gate@ Lateral Plate System, a novel German-designed spinal implant system that is used for the anterior surgical stabilization of the thoracic and lumbar spine (T1-L5). "This product is intended to provide anterior...

AMG Medical Inc. Selects Saddle Creek for Multichannel Fulfillment

August 7, 2012 1:03 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 7, 2012 /- Saddle Creek Logistics Services has been selected to manage multichannel fulfillment services for AMG Medical Inc., a Canadian-based manufacturer and distributor of home healthcare and professional medical products. Saddle Creek will provide pick-pack-and-ship fulfillment services as well as warehousing, small parcel transportation management, and v...

AspenBio Pharma Submits Pre-IDE Information Package to FDA for AppyScore Appendicitis Test System

August 7, 2012 12:05 pm | News | Comments

AspenBio Pharma, Inc., an in vitro diagnostic company, announced that it has submitted a pre-IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) information package to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of the AppyScore™ test system to aid physicians...

Implantable Defibrillators Lead to Decrease in Cardiac Arrests

August 7, 2012 11:43 am | by Circulation | News | Comments

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators account for one-third of the decrease in cardiac arrests caused by ventricular fibrillation in North-Holland, according to research in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal.

US Demand for In Vitro Diagnostic Products to Exceed $24 Billion in 2016

August 7, 2012 11:20 am | by The Freedonia Group | News | Comments

US demand for in vitro (IVD) diagnostic products is forecast to increase 6.1 percent annually to $24.7 billion in 2016. An expanding volume of patient care activity, spurred by aging demographic patterns, a rising incidence of diseases and disorders, and the extension of health insurance coverage by the Affordable Care Act of 2010...

New Service Creates Needed Marketplace for Hospitals to Buy and Sell Excess Inventory

August 7, 2012 11:09 am | by | News | Comments

There is a new solution of materials managers dealing with excess inventory. is a members-only, on-line exchange that helps hospitals and surgical centers buy and sell unused, new medical devices and implants; purchase needed inventory at market-determined prices and recover some of the costs of their idle surgical inventory.

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