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Medtronic landed FDA clearance for its LINQ II insertable cardiac monitor that's indicated for the detection and classification of cardiac arrhythmias and remote monitoring of patients. The LINQ II features remote programming capabilities, allowing cardiologists to tune the implant settings without the patient having to come into the office. Thanks to secure connectivity, the cardiologist can use an online dashboard to make changes that previously required in-person visits. This must be of particular benefit these days during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The long-lasting battery of the LINQ II allows it...Read More
Getinge has won FDA clearance for its Servo-air mechanical ventilator. The device doesn't need any wall gas or pressurized gas cylinders to operate thanks to a built-in turbine that generates enough continuous air pressure to meet any patient's needs. Using powerful hot-swappable batteries allows the Servo-air to maintain patients while in transport between hospital wards. The critical care ventilator is indicated for pediatric and adult patients and can be used to deliver invasive and non-invasive ventilation. There is an option for High Flow therapy, which doesn't require any tube changes...Read More
Hologic is launching in the U.S. its first cart-based breast ultrasound system, the SuperSonic MACH 40. The company touts the device as a premium ultrasound that produces high fidelity images and features a number of capabilities that improve clinical efficiency and diagnostic accuracy. Some of these features include ShearWave PLUS elastography, which produces a real-time color map of tissue stiffness as the transducer is moved across the breast, and Angio PLUS imaging, an ultrasensitive Doppler mode for tracking blood flow within microvessels. TriVu imaging is an interesting imaging mode that...Read More
Wet age-related macular degeneration and a number of other eye diseases, including congenital conditions, are related to mutated genes that result in blood vessel abnormalities. These can be treated with gene therapy, but delivering genetic material has proven to be difficult when dealing with large gene sequences that are common in retinal conditions. Viruses have been the go-to vectors for delivering genes into the eye, but the immune system wants to fight them. Too often this results in poor efficacy on follow-up treatments. Moreover, they are not good at carrying...Read More
Researchers at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea have developed a method to wirelessly power implanted devices using light. The technique involves a micro-LED patch to transmit light through the skin and a photovoltaic system on implanted devices that can turn this light into electricity. This technology could help researchers to develop devices that do not need batteries, avoiding the need to remove and replace them when the batteries are depleted. Implantable electronic medical devices have had a significant impact on healthcare, particularly on the long-term...Read More
ivWatch, a company based in Newport News, Virginia, won FDA clearance for its SmartTouch sensor that detects peripheral IV infiltration and extravasation events. Though somewhat rare, these can be difficult to notice and a late response can lead to grave consequences. The SmartTouch sensor can warn physicians that something is wrong, sometimes hours before a clinician would notice any visual or tactile changes on the patient's body. The sensor, which is already cleared in Europe, is a single-use disposable device that can be used on patients of any age, including...Read More

July 8th, 2020 by Conn Hastings
A group of researchers, including those at the University of Houston, has developed an air filter that can instantly kill SARS-CoV-2 viral particles that pass through it by heating them to 200 degrees C (392 F). The technology may help to destroy the particles within busy indoor spaces, such as hospitals, reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. There is increasing evidence that SARS-CoV-2 viral particles could linger in the air for several hours when indoors, posing an infection risk for much longer than once thought. Previously, health authorities advised that...Read More
IV access is one of the most common clinical procedures in healthcare, with over 300 million hospitalized patients in the United States receiving a peripheral venous catheter every year. However, as many have painfully experienced, catheter insertion isn't always successful on the first attempt. Often times, we place the blame on dehydration, our deep veins, or the healthcare worker's lack of skill. Surprisingly, the humble tourniquet plays a very significant role in whether or not IV access is successful on the first poke. To maximize the chances of success, and...Read More
To monitor, treat, and better understand how seizures arise and develop, scientists and clinicians have been looking for more objective measures and analyses of brain activity. Currently, a typical electroencephalography (EEG) recording of brainwaves throughout a seizure is of limited value as it requires quite a bit of processing to get a sense of what happened. A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, University of Texas at Arlington, and Northeastern University have combined forces to develop a new computing approach that more intelligently crunches the data so...Read More
Masimo has announced that it's making the Bridge device available, the first electronic therapeutic solution for tackling opioid withdrawals. Originally developed by Innovative Health Solutions, a Versailles, Indiana firm, the Bridge delivers neuromodulation to a set of occipital and cranial nerves (V, VII, IX, and X) via electrodes attached near the ear. The therapy helps to lessen withdrawal symptoms, including insomnia, agitation, sweating, and other irritabilities. The technology was approved three years ago as an opioid withdrawal treatment, and three years before that it was FDA approved for use in...Read More
Emerging evidence suggests that COVID-19 patients are at a higher risk of stroke and promptly diagnosing and treating such patients is a priority in hospitals across the world. Moreover, identifying which COVID-19 patients are at increased risk of developing a stroke is also important, and may help with preemptive treatment and monitoring. The Lucid Robotic System, developed by LA-based Neural Analytics, is a transcranial doppler system that allows clinicians to identify clots and changes in blood flow in the brain in real time, without needing a specialized technician. The device...Read More

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