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12-Lead ECG Solution
Physio-Control, a medical solutions subsidiary of Medtronic, Inc., has released the ReadyLink 12-lead ECG device. The product provides quick STEMI identification, and can transmit a patient's 12-lead ECG to hospitals using the LIFENET system, a cloud-based network for remote physician interpretation and decision report. After placing electrodes on the patient, the product has one button to acquire the ECG and another to transmit it to a selected hospital for analysis. The device was recognized as one of the top innovations of the year by EMS World magazine. For more information, visit www.physio-control.com.
Expanded Blood Gas Analyzer
pHOx Ultra, a new blood gas critical care analyzer by Nova Biomedical, features an expanded test menu and a comprehensive data manager. The product has 20 user-selectable tests including pH, PCO2, PO2, sO2%, Hct, Hb, Na+, K+, iCa, iMg, Cl-, glucose, BUN, creatinine, lactate, CO oximetry, and tBil. The data manager consolidates networked pHOx Ultras into an inclusive database for capture, archiving, and data reporting. The pHOx Ultra can be used in multiple testing locations including the lab, OR, ICU, and ED. Find out more at www.novabiomedical.com.
Vascular access procedures have inherent risks that can cost patients their lives and hospitals millions of dollars. ExactTrack, a procedure probe created by SOMA access systems, was created to minimize those risks. The probe has virtual needle technology that provides real-time needle-tracking. When tested in vitro, the technology reduced the number of needlesticks and needle passes, time to perform the procedure, and back wall punctures. ExactTrack uses a probe equipped with a transducer that provides an ultrasound image of the target and magnetic sensing capability to detect the position of the needle. This combination forms an image of the operative site, the target, needle, and surrounding area. Stephen F. Ridley, MD, first sketched the design for ExactTrack after experiencing the challenge and complexity of these ultrasound procedures firsthand after realizing that a simpler solution was needed. Visit www.somaaccesssystems.com for details.
New EMS Hospital Technology
DREAMS Digital EMS, a $14 million advanced EMS ambulance and hospital telemedicine system, is able to provide simultaneous live transmissions of critical patient data, audio, and video to a hospital while patients are treated in the ambulance. DREAMS, which was recently acquired by telemedicine company LifeBot, was developed to bring hospital specialists to the scene virtually to collaborate with EMTs in real time. The system has been deployed in actual use for more than six years in five prototype-ambulances in Texas, and was used to triage and treat victims in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. DREAMS utilizes remote-controlled cameras to provide a view inside the ambulance and to update and share the patient's physiologic vital signs. For more information, visit www.lifebot.com.
A study published in the American Journal of Infection-Control (2011;39:557) cited soft surface textiles as significant sources of bacterial contamination in health care settings, with 63 percent of physician and nurse uniforms testing positive for pathogenic organisms. X-Static from Noble Fiber Technologies, LLC, provides a method for hospitals to deliver a bacterial management solution for soft surface textile materials. X-Static is bonded with a layer of metallic silver that creates an ionic shield to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi, decreasing the overall level of bacterial contamination that could spread to patients. For more information, visit www.infectionpreventiontextiles.com.