Tag: Critical Care

Breath Analyzer for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a condition in which fluid leaks into the lungs and builds up in the alveoli within. It is a rapidly progressive condition that often leads to terminal consequences, yet it can be difficult to diagnose and monitor. Now, researchers at University of Michigan have developed a portable device that [&hellip (Read more...)

PrisMax for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy FDA Cleared

Baxter won FDA clearance for its PrisMax system and accompanying TherMax blood warmer. The system is designed for delivery of continuous renal replacement therapy to treat those with acute kidney injury and some autoimmune diseases. The system is an evolution of the company’s Prismaflex technology that has been available for a few years, and (Read more...)

Smart Bandage Pulls Skin Together to Speed Healing

Wounds on the skin are usually treated with bandages that protect the area and keep it moist, but which don’t actively help to promote healing. Researchers at Harvard and McGill universities have now created a mechanotherapy bandage that actually works to close the wound, keeps it protected from microbes, and speeds up healing much faster [&h (Read more...)

Microfluidic Device Can Detect Sepsis Biomarker in Minutes

Researchers at MIT have developed a microfluidic sensor that can detect levels of IL-6, a biomarker of sepsis, in tiny volumes of blood within just 25 minutes. The device could be an inexpensive alternative to existing point-of-care systems for sepsis detection. Sepsis kills an estimated 250,000 patients in US hospitals every year. Detecting and di (Read more...)

Low Cost Medical Devices for Low-Resource Regions: Interview with Prof. Saad Bhamla, Georgia Tech

Advances in medical technology continue apace, with sophisticated new medical devices and therapies becoming available on an ongoing basis. However, medical technology often comes at a premium, and for low-resource regions sometimes even relatively basic medical devices, such as hearing aids, are inaccessible because they are too expensive. Similar (Read more...)

Canon Releases Aplio a-series Budget Ultrasounds

Canon Medical is releasing a new line of ultrasounds, called the Aplio a-series. Presented at this year’s American Society of Echocardiography’s annual meeting, the Aplio a450 and Aplio a550 are designed to be competitively priced while offering multi-purpose advanced imaging, including cardiac imaging. Built with some features taken fr (Read more...)

Algorithm Uses Individual Medical History to Predict Patient’s Chance of Survival in ICU

Researchers in Denmark have developed a new algorithm that predicts an individual patient’s risk of mortality in the ICU. Their work, recently published in the journal Digital Health, demonstrates that the algorithm outperforms current non-computational methods of estimating mortality. Algorithms of this nature can help direct resources where (Read more...)

Masimo Radius PPG Wireless Oximeter FDA Cleared

Masimo won FDA clearance for its Radius PPG wireless pulse oximetry sensor. The device features Masimo’s SET Measure-through Motion and Low Perfusion technology that stays accurate as the patient moves around and about. The tetherless product allows patients to freely move about the clinic, going to the bathroom without having to disconnect f (Read more...)

Impella CP with SmartAssist: A Newly FDA Approved Heart Pump with Optical Positioning Sensor

Abiomed, the maker of popular left ventricular assist devices, is releasing its newly FDA approved Impella CP with SmartAssist device. The pump features an optical sensor that physicians can use to position and reposition the device without relying on a cath lab, X-ray, or ultrasound imaging. The sensor can be used either during initial implantatio (Read more...)

BioSig Technologies Announces First Clinical Cases with PURE EP System: Interview with Ken Londoner, CEO

BioSig Technologies has developed the PURE EP electrophysiology information system, a product that aims to provide better tools for doctors who are treating potentially deadly arrhythmias. The computerized system is used to process electrophysiological signals and provides capabilities to acquire, store, amplify, measure, and display such signals. (Read more...)

IRRAS Rolling Out New Irrigating Cerebrospinal Fluid Catheter System for Hydrocephalus

Swedish medical device company IRRAS is attempting to change the way neurosurgeons and neurointensivists handle the problem of acute hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is the abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, and is often caused by hemorrhage, tumor, infection, or traumatic brain injury. Traditionally, surgeons use an exter (Read more...)

VitalMinds from Philips to Control Delirium in ICU

Patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) often suffer through delirium, including experiencing disorientation and witnessing hallucinations. Going through delirium seems to negatively affect future outcomes, in addition to being a hindrance to receiving proper medical care while hospitalized. For these reasons acute delirium should be dealt with, bu (Read more...)

VivaQuant RX-1 Wearable All-in-One Mobile Cardiac Telemetry Unit and Event Monitor FDA Cleared

VivaQuant, a company based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, won FDA clearance for its RX-1 cardiac patient monitor. The device is unique in that it is able to operate as a Mobile Cardiac Telemetry unit or Event Monitor, all while transmitting its readings for remote analysis. The system gives cardiologists the ability to free up […]