Welch Allyn Connex Clinical Surveillance System for Continuous Multiple Parameter Patient Monitoring

f09u092e Welch Allyn Connex Clinical Surveillance System for Continuous Multiple Parameter Patient Monitoring

Welch Allyn has partnered with other big names in vital signs monitoring to introduce the Connex Clinical Surveillance System, an integrated set of tools designed for watching patients in medical-surgical environments. The system is built around the Welch Allyn Connex Vital Signs Monitor, which is connected to a Masimo acoustic respiration cloth sensor that detects breathing, a Covidien MicrostreamCO2 monitoring device, and the EarlySense technology that detects the heart rate, breathing rate, and patient through a contact-free panel positioned under the mattress.

All the data from the monitoring systems is fed live into a unified display station as well as the hospital’s electronic medical record, and abnormal readings can be programmed to trigger alarms to warn clinical staff.

Press release: Solution Designed Specifically for Med/Surg Floors Addresses UnmetPatient Surveillance Needs in Hospitals…

XStat Rapid Hemostasis System for Gunshot Wounds Works in 15 Seconds

XStat Rapid Hemostasis System for Gunshot Wounds Works in 15 Seconds

Gunshot wounds require rapid treatment by first responders before transferring the patient into ER and then surgery. Often, this involves stuffing lots of gauze and applying pressure to prevent blood from exiting the wound. While effective in its own right, this can be difficult to perform and can eat up precious time during a serious situation.

RevMedx, out of Wilsonville, Oregon, has developed the XStat device that is designed to seal gun shot wounds in the pelvis or shoulder area in about fifteen seconds. It works like a syringe, but injects tablet sized sponges into the wound that then expand and provide the necessary hemostasis while the patient is transported.

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Automatic Device for Faster and Safer Tracheotomies

Automatic Device for Faster and Safer Tracheotomies

A tracheotomy is an emergency procedure applied to somebody with an obstructed airway, where a trained bystander makes an incision in the victim’s neck and inserts a tube to restore ventilation. While a relatively straightforward procedure for those with training and experience, it can have complications, or worse: if nobody around the suffocating victim is trained to perform it in the few seconds before loss of consciousness.

Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) have designed and patented a more user-friendly solution. Their device easily identifies the trachea, and makes a clean incision that allows for future surgeries when medical attention arrives.  It does so by assisting the user in locating the neck and trachea, adjusting the preload of the shot of the needle, making the incision for an alternative airway, dilating the new airway, and maintaining the airway by electrical and pneumatic means.

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ViScope MD Stethoscope with Visual Capabilities from HD Medical

ViScope MD Stethoscope with Visual Capabilities from HD Medical

HD Medical, a Sunnyvale, CA firm, recently unveiled its ViScope MD digital stethoscope that works like a traditional stethoscope, but also displays the phonocardiogram of the recorded sounds. Besides helping you hear and visualize the sounds, the ViScope MD also features a murmur indicator that will point out suspect sounds that might be indicators of underlying cardiac conditions.

The device interfaces with PC computers for saving and sharing of recorded auscultations and can support external audio systems for teaching situations and any other time when other would want to listen in on an exam.

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Clear Guide Brings Easy Needle Guidance to Any Ultrasound System (w/video)

Clear Guide Brings Easy Needle Guidance to Any Ultrasound System (w/video)

Ultrasound guided needle placement has allowed clinicians to perfect regional anesthesia procedures, needle biopsies, central line placement, and other procedures. Though a variety of techniques are used to track the path of the needle, from mechanical to magnetic, most require specialized probes and needles, the placing of markers, calibration, and a certain amount of pre-procedure setup.

Clear Guide Medical, a Johns Hopkins spinoff, has developed a simple, easy to use needle guidance system that clips to any ultrasound probe and provides immediate guidance without tracking markers or calibration for each run. The imaging part of the system visually watches the movement of a needle in front of it and displays the interpolated location of its tip on the screen. Because the system works with existing equipment, clinical staff can continue working confidently with ultrasounds and needles they’ve become proficient with.

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eZono Gets European Approval for eZono 4000 Tablet Ultrasound

eZono Gets European Approval for eZono 4000 Tablet Ultrasound

eZono AG (Jena, Germany) has received CE Mark approval for its eZono 4000 Tablet Ultrasound System with eZGuide, designed specifically for procedural ultrasound needle guidance. The eZGuide freehand navigation technology will help clinicians overcome the current challenge of properly viewing the needle and needle tip in real time, allowing for greater accuracy even when the needle is out of plane. The system doesn’t require the use of special needles nor any additional tracking technologies are being used besides the ultrasound.

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Interview with Air Ambulance Provider, CSI Aviation

Interview with Air Ambulance Provider, CSI Aviation

There is a remarkable degree of overlap between medical technology enthusiasts and aviation aficionados. Perhaps this is why there are so many analogies drawn between the aviation and health care industries, with the former serving as a model that the latter strives to emulate (e.g. safety checklists, decision support tools/gauges, etc). A few of us Medgadget editors also have backgrounds as aeronautical engineers or pilots, so when we had the opportunity to learn more about air ambulances we jumped on it. The result is the interview below with Michele Martinez of CSI Aviation, which arranges for air ambulance transport services.

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Eyes-On Glasses Help See Veins, Place Needles

Eyes-On Glasses Help See Veins, Place Needles

Evena Medical (Los Altos, CA) has unveiled its new Eyes-On Glasses System that helps clinicians see vasculature below the skin and deliver needles safely and hopefully on the first try every time. The glasses are based on Epson‘s Moverio technology that, similarly to Google Glass, can display graphics for the wearer to see, but goes further with a pair of forward facing cameras for 3D imaging and illumination to brighten the scene.

Though it uses multi-spectral lighting, we suppose that it’s the infrared and near-infrared frequencies that the cameras are tuned to when looking for vasculature. To help document procedures, the glasses allow nurses or doctors to record what they’re doing for upload to a PACS/EMR system, and so can be used in any situation when clinicians would like to film an interesting case.

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Nonin’s Investigational iPhone Regional Oximeter and World’s Smallest Regional Oximeter with Bluetooth Smart

Nonin's Investigational iPhone Regional Oximeter and World's Smallest Regional Oximeter with Bluetooth Smart

Nonin is demonstrating its investigational iPhone regional oximetry (rSO2) device at the MEDICA conference in Dusseldorf. It’s not available for purchase, nor is there a schedule to commercialize it yet, but the device slips over a fourth generation iPhone and when pressed against tissue, will display and record readings on the partner app.

Additionally, the company is also demoing the world’s smallest regional oximeter that can interface with any monitor or mobile device supporting Bluetooth Smart technology. iPads being one of those, at MEDICA Nonin is showing off how the new oximeter works with them.

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