NewSplash Archive – February 2018

Issue 7 – 2/13

SensOR returns feeling to surgeons
Minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures are on the rise, changing the surgical landscape. These benefits of these procedures to patients include less trauma, less bleeding, reduced pain and use of narcotics, and a shorter hospital stay.

Smartphone attachment reads 5 vital signs
Motorola and Vital have released the Vital Moto Mod, a device that connects to Motorola smartphones and monitors multiple vital signs via a simple app on the phone. Vital Moto Mod measures heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), temperature, and blood pressure from your finger.

OR Today to present free ultrasonic cavitation webinar
On Thursday, February 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET, OR Today will present “A Cavitating Experience: Ultrasonic Cavitation Webinar for More Than SPD Professionals.” This free, one-hour webinar will explain the role of ultrasonic cavitation in the cleaning process; the significance of cleaning before, during, and after cavitation; provide clarity on the newly released da Vinci robotic IFUs; and discuss the new AAMI ST79 guidelines regarding point-of-use, ultrasonic cleaning, and cleaning verification.

Scientists create functioning kidney tissue
Scientists from The University of Manchester have successfully produced human kidney tissue within a living organism, which is able to produce urine. The tissue was generated from human embryonic stem cells grown in laboratory culture dishes containing a nutrient broth consisting of molecules to promote kidney development.

Breathable, wearable electronics for long-term health monitoring
Scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed breathable, tattoo-like, hypoallergenic on-skin electronic sensor. The electronics have been worn by volunteers for up to a week and they report that they don’t feel the sensor on their skin.

Central sleep apnea sufferers have a new remede
Minnetonka, MA-based Respicardia recently announced the first U.S. commercial case using their remede System to treat central sleep apnea at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Central sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that disrupts the normal breathing pattern during sleep and negatively affects quality of life and cardiovascular health.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Ralph J. Basile, vice president of marketing and regulatory affairs at Healthmark Industries. He is a member of AAMI Sterilization Standards Committee, a U.S. delegate to ISO/TC198 WG12 & WG13, and a member of several ASTM committees related to medical devices.

 

Issue 6 – 2/6

Instrument milk: Surgical instruments require proper maintenance
Nancy Chobin, RN, AAS, ACSP, CSPM, CFER, recently answered the question below for Infection Control Today.

New glove system doubles down on safety
Double gloving, or wearing two pairs of gloves, is common in medicine, especially among surgeons that work with sharp instruments. Donning a second pair of gloves can be clumsy and time-consuming.

OR Today to present free ultrasonic cavitation webinar
On Thursday, February 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET, OR Today will present “A Cavitating Experience: Ultrasonic Cavitation Webinar for More Than SPD Professionals.” This free, one-hour webinar will explain the role of ultrasonic cavitation in the cleaning process; the significance of cleaning before, during, and after cavitation; provide clarity on the newly released da Vinci robotic IFUs; and discuss the new AAMI ST79 guidelines regarding point-of-use, ultrasonic cleaning, and cleaning verification.

Google using big data to predict medical outcomes
Top artificial intelligence (AI) researchers at Google are trying to predict your medical outcome as soon as you’re admitted to the hospital. A recent research paper that was not peer reviewed claims better accuracy than existing software at predicting outcomes, such as whether a patient will die in the hospital, be discharged and readmitted, and the final diagnosis.

Miniature origami-inspired robot combines micrometer precision with high speed
Delta robots are fast, precision machines used in industrial processes such as pick-and-place assemblies, machining, welding, and food packaging. These robots have been miniaturized to complete tasks in limited workspaces, but further reducing their size to the millimeter scale has proven difficult.

Becker’s Hospital Review offers whitepaper to help providers navigate complex stroke decisions
Strokes occur with frightening frequency in the U.S. Telemedicine providers need a fast, easy-to-use diagnostic process to improve patient outcomes by increasing access to the most appropriate brain-saving procedures. Becker’s Hospital Review has published a whitepaper to help readers learn why quick decision-making is imperative to effective stroke care; how specialized practitioners can help hospitals preserve more of a stroke patient’s brain; and how allowing remote neurologists to assist in the diagnostic process can help improve patient care.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
This week, the folks at Beyond Clean speak with David Anbari, chief executive officer of Mobile Instrument Service and Repair. This week’s topics include a discussion of the history of third-party instrument repair, the right to repair debate, and the Association of Medical Device Service Organizations.