Archive for September, 2008

Healthcare on Agenda of RFID Conference

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

[caption id="attachment_780" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="At RFID Europe 2008, Dutch physician Erik Jan van Lieshout presented a paper on the safety of RFID in critical care environments."][/caption] RFID technology can be uniquely useful for tracking medical equipment and personnel in a hospital, but it is not without its hazards. The technology's healthcare ...

Acid-Free Process Removes Oxide from NiTi Wire

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Recently introduced nickel-titanium wire does not rely on Hf acid solutions, which can make the product brittle, or costly mechanical polishing for oxide removal. Moreover, the exclusive one-step process results in a remarkably smooth and shiny surface, according to Johnson Matthey (Royston, Herts, UK). "Aesthetics are very important in a surgical ...

A New Pharma–Device Meeting of Minds Began Here

Friday, September 26th, 2008

The dramatic convergence that is creating new drug–device combination products needs to be matched by a similar convergence of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries if this area is to make swift progress, said John Masefield, STERIS Isomedix, at yesterday’s radiation industry workshop. The market for combination products that contain ...

Austrian Company Develops Novel Multifunctional Digital Camera for Finnish Firm

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

[caption id="attachment_609" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The camera can be used for early detection of eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration."][/caption] A Finnish company entrusted Wild GmbH with the development of a new type of multifunctional digital camera, which can image the skin, the inner ear, and the retina and other ...

New Forum on Medical Devices: TEPs to Be Initial Focus

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

The English Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced its first public-private forum on Human Tissue Engineered Products (TEPs) and their regulatory status. Taking place on 27 November, the forum will highlight the rapid development of TEPs.  Taking a more proactive approach to considering the impact of emerging technologies in the devices sector, ...

Brand Protection Firm Develops Reprocessed SUD Warning Technology

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Applauding the European Commission’s publication in May of a public consultation on the reprocessing of single-use devices (SUD), Eucomed chief executive John Wilkinson stressed the need for follow-through. "It is highly important that the Commission build on the results of this consultation,” said Wilkinson. “Both patients and physicians are often ...

One More Small Reason to Visit MEDTEC Ireland

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

If you are attending MEDTEC Ireland this week, here's one more thing to add to your to-do list. Teleflex Medical OEM has announced that it will showcase its TFX OEM brand 1.1 French microcatheter, which it describes as the smallest size available. It will also highlight its capabilities in the ...

Look Who’s Doing Research and Development

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Twenty-two new research and development projects are underway thanks to funding help from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB). The projects aim to bring diagnosis, condition monitoring and care, and analytical capabilities closer to patients in a range of novel point-of-care (PoC) devices. Cost-effectiveness and faster patient care are just ...

Prosthetic Vein Valve Designed to Improve Blood Flow

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

[caption id="attachment_503" align="alignleft" width="175" caption="David Ku has led research at the Georgia Institute of Technology on a prosthetic vein valve to treat chronic venous insufficiency."][/caption] Engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA) have developed a prosthetic vein valve to treat chronic venous insufficiency, which occurs when ...

Tiny Device Could Detect Cancer Noninvasively

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

[caption id="attachment_476" align="alignleft" width="132" caption="Tomasz Tkaczyk"][/caption] An assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University (Houston, TX, USA), Tomasz Tkaczyk, is developing a field-of-view (FOV) endoscope for detecting cancer with low- and high-resolution imaging systems. Using reflectance imaging, the Bi-FOV endoscope works by analyzing the interaction of light with tissue to reveal ...

FDA Approves First Anti-Nausea Patch for Chemo Patients

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

About a million people have to undergo chemotherapy every year and as many as 70% develop nausea as a result of the therapy. If the problem occurs at the hospital, it can be dealt with immediately. But many patients suffer from nausea after being sent home. Anti-nausea pills are available, ...

Recast of Device Directives: The Dialogue Continues, Sort of

Monday, September 15th, 2008

On 8 May, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation on the need to develop a new framework for the regulation of medical devices. It cited a number of reasons for engaging this dialogue, notably inconsistent safeguards for public health among member states, new technologies that the present directives ...