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Verathon's new AortaScan AMI 9700 is designed to help physicians identify the presence of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The portable AMI 9700 uses 3D ultrasound to measure the diameter of the abdominal aorta quickly and noninvasively without the need for a sonographer. The instrument also provides an onboard video tutorial, and has options to view, print, or save data to an electronic medical record. For more information, contact Verathon at (800)331-2313 or visit www.verathon.com.
Staying Up to Date
UpToDate, an evidence-based resource that provides fast, clinical answers to physicians at the point of care, has recently added emergency medicine to its database. Subscribers can now access more than 375 topics devoted to emergency medicine, as well as more than 7,700 topics across 15 specialties via computer or mobile device. Editors of the new adult and pediatric emergency content are Gary Fleisher, MD, of Children's Hospital Boston; John Marx, MD, of Carolinas Medical Center; and Ron Walls, MD, of Harvard Medical School. For more information, contact UpToDate at (800)998-6374 or visit www.uptodate.com.
Accuvein recently received an International Organization for Standardization 13485 Certification for the AV300, the first handheld, noncontact vein illumination device. The device weighs 10 ounces, and is portable, running on a rechargeable battery. It only takes pointing the device at an area of skin and clicking to display the peripheral veins beneath, and because contact is not required, neither is sterilization. The system includes the unit, battery, charging station and multinational power adapters, USB cable, and documentation. For more information, contact AccuVein at (888)909-8888 or visit www.accuvein.com.
Systagenix Wound Management recently unveiled Silvercel, a nonadherent, antimi- crobial silver dressing. While standard dressings often leave behind dressing fibers or residue and can cause severe discomfort when changed, Silvercel has been designed to leave nothing behind, and is suitable for infected, chronic, or acute wounds. The dressing is comprised of an absorbent inner layer of silver alginate and a perforated outer layer that protects the wound while allowing the unimpeded flow of exudate into the dressing. Silvercel is effective against viruses, fungi, and more than 150 strains of microorganisms. For more information, contact Systagenix at (664)774-5500 or visit www.systagenix.com.
Ultrasound at the Bedside
GE Healthcare's Venue 40 is an ultrasound product that provides visualization for needle-guidance procedures and rapid diagnostics at the bedside. The device comes in five versions: vascular access, anesthesia, interventional, musculoskeletal, and point-of-care. The Venue 40 point-of-care, in particular, can be used to view heart function and anatomy or identify free fluid in a patient in the trauma bay or ICU. The mobile version 40 is free of buttons, knobs, and keyboard, and is operated through an intuitive touchscreen. The fluid-resistant cover can be cleaned with standard medical disinfectants, making it easy to maintain. For more information, contact GE Healthcare at (888)526-5144 or visit www.gehealthcare.com.
The ri-vital from Riester is a new portable spot-check monitor that gives noninvasive blood pressure, pulse rate, and blood oxygen levels. The ri-vital includes a special mode for measuring newborns' NIBP and an optional infrared thermometer. It features a simple, easy-to-use menu, and results are displayed on an LCD screen. Protected by shock-resistant casing and shock-absorbing interior attachments, it's designed to withstand a fall or other incidents. The ri-vital is powered by a rechargeable battery, and provides easy storage for cuffs, sensors, and cords. For more information, contact Riester's U.S. distributor at (866)559-0095 or visit www.guromedusa.com.