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April 3rd, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
The University of Oxford and King’s College London have teamed up to develop and are now testing a new emergency ventilator that consists of devices that commonly exist in clinical spaces and scientific laboratories, and a few simple parts that can be created through 3D printing. Bringing together these devices allows the team to create so-called OxVent ventilators that don't look like conventional ventilators, but which are sufficient to help with the current COVID-19 emergency. The UK government has given the team quick authorization to proceed with safety testing and...Read More

April 3rd, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
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There are hundreds of groups around the world making face masks as fast as they can to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While face masks can help to block particulates from entering the nose and mouth, they also make it impossible to see the mouth moving when the wearer is talking. This is actually a considerable limitation for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and who use visual cues to help them understand what a speaker is saying. A college student who studies Education for the Deaf...Read More

April 2nd, 2020 by Medgadget Editors
Conductive polymers are a fascinating category of materials that are particularly exciting for biomedicine because of their flexibility, conductivity, and biocompatibility. Existing conducting polymers, though, can only be applied to other materials using traditional methods that are not suitable for 3D printing. Now, researchers at MIT have developed an impressive conducting polymer ink that can be used to print flexible volumetric devices to allow for close integration of electronics with the human body. As an example, the researchers were able to create a flexible neural probe that can sense the...Read More
ABM Respiratory Care, a company with offices in USA, Singapore, and India, announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance to market its BiWaze Cough System, a device for removing secretions in patients who are unable to cough or clear secretions effectively. The BiWaze Cough System consists of a touch-screen device connected to a non-invasive suctioning mask. It is a portable alternative to the invasive and more involved process of upper airway suctioning. The system also provides high frequency oscillations, between 5-20 Hz, to break up thick secretions and facilitate...Read More
Ambulnz is a non-emergency on-demand ambulance provider that is working to improve on traditional medical transportation through the implementation and integration of various technologies. The firm describes itself as a “software-enabled medical transportation company”. When a patient needs to be moved to a new facility for treatment out of a hospital, out-patient treatment clinic, doctor, dialysis, or chemo center, a pickup can be scheduled through the Ambulnz app. The app can help expedite the patient transfer process by allowing protected patient information to be uploaded and moved with the patient....Read More
Ventilators are important to maintain patients with severe respiratory distress due to COVID-19, but the machines carry their own risks. An over-inflated endotracheal tube cuff could damage the trachea, while an under-inflated cuff could result in aspiration and pneumonia. AnapnoGuard, developed by Hospitech Respiration, an Israeli firm, is an endotracheal tube plus control unit meant to be used with ventilators to prevent complications of both over- and under-inflation. The company has announced that it will provide its AnapnoGuard device to Israeli hospitals free of charge. AnapnoGuard automatically adjusts the cuff...Read More
ZOLL Medical, now a part of Asahi Kasei Group, won FDA approval for the latest version of its TherOx System. The product is designed to deliver SuperSaturated Oxygen (SSO2) therapy to limit heart muscle loss following “widowmaker” heart attacks, aka left anterior descending ST-elevation myocardial infarction (LAD STEMI) chronic total obstruction. The system is used right after blood flow is restored during angioplasty and stent implantation to pump hyperbaric levels of oxygen straight into injured cardiac tissue. It's important that this happens within six hours of the onset of symptoms....Read More
CardioQuip, a firm based in College Station, Texas, won European regulatory approval (CE Mark) for its MCH-1000 cooler-heaters that are used to control patient body temperature, typically during lung or heart procedures. This could be particularly useful during the current COVID-19 pandemic, since the MCH-1000 can be used alongside extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to address acute respiratory distress. “Landing the CE Mark is a tremendous milestone for CardioQuip,” said Doug Platt, CEO of the company. “The approval allows us to offer our technology to major hospitals all over the European...Read More
Many cardiac arrhythmias are episodic and only detectable after continuously monitoring the heart's rhythm for several days or weeks. In particular, atrial arrhythmias can be a diagnostic challenge due to the difficulty in clearly visualizing the P wave on an ECG. The two main monitoring options are either Holter monitors, which capture high-quality signals but are highly uncomfortable, or patch monitors, which can be worn more comfortably but that provide a lower-quality signal. Bardy Diagnostics hopes to bridge the gap. The company’s Carnation Ambulatory Monitor (CAM) Patch is a non-invasive,...Read More
Nuvo Group announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market INVU, a wearable device that remotely monitors fetal and maternal heart rates. Fetal and maternal heart rates are important measurements late in pregnancy, and an elevated fetal heart rate can be one of the first signals of fetal distress. Currently, obtaining these vital signs requires regular office visits and use of an electronic fetal monitor. INVU allows patients and physicians to monitor these data points remotely with convenience and accuracy. The device will be prescription-only and...Read More
To help address the COVID-19 emergency that's taking over emergency rooms and intensive care units in the United States, the FDA has cleared the RAPIDPoint 500e blood gas system from Siemens Healthineers. The device uses the company's Integri-sense technology to provide results on blood gas, electrolyte, metabolite, CO-oximetry, and neonatal bilirubin. This is important during the crisis, as mechanically ventilated patients require regular blood gas testing to maintain proper ventilator settings and to adjust any other therapies being delivered. The system already has the CE Mark, clearing its use in...Read More

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