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Inflatable balloon based device limits deaths due to profuse bleeding

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Inflatable Device Stops the Bleeding

A fast, efficient balloon-based system could save lives on the street and battlefield.

Uncontrolled bleeding is a major cause of death on the battlefield, and according to military medical experts, it accounts for 80 percent of otherwise preventable deaths. One problem is that there are no effective treatments for deep, penetrating wounds, which are too severe for gauze packing and are in areas where a tourniquet cannot be applied. To stop life-threatening bleeding in such instances, Maynard Ramsey, the chief executive officer and chief technology officer at CardioCommand, a Tampa, FL-based medical device company, has developed a balloon-based system that can be inserted into a wound and inflated in less than 90 seconds.

Source:  Technology Review

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Retinal Prosthesis – Helping the blind to see again

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We are developing an optical system for a parallel delivery of information and energy to tens of thousands of pixels in the implant. This system permits normal eye scanning to observe a large field of view, as opposed to “hard wiring” of a video camera to the retinal stimulating array using a single emitter-receiver link. The image from a goggles-mounted video camera is processed in a portable microcomputer and then projected with a pulsed IR LED-LCD array onto the retina. The retinal implant has an array of powered photodiodes converting pulses of light into pulsed electrical current using a power from an intraocular photovoltaic battery.

The leading cause of blindness in developed countries is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which results in severe and irreversible loss of vision for over two million Americans. The disease causes deterioration of the photoreceptor cells in the central part of the retina, and currently, there is no cure.

Source:  Stanford

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8 Medical iPhone Apps You Should Prescribe to Your Health Care Professional

iphonemonitor  8 Medical iPhone Apps You Should Prescribe to Your Health Care Professional

It’s a safe bet that one of your doctors has an iPhone. But what you may not realize is that he or she is using it as part of your overall treatment. From reading APGAR scores to x-rays, there is a fascinating array of health-care tech available in app form. Some are created by savvy developers, while others are built out of necessity by the doctors. Currently, the FDA has no over-arching regulation in place for mobile medical apps, despite the fact that they have indicated in the past that under certain circumstances the iPhone may be considered a medical device and therefore regulated as one, according to a report by Brian Dolan on Mobihealthnews.

“Many medical imaging software applications are considered medical devices and, as such, are regulated by the FDA,” says Justin Dearborn, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “FDA regulations mandate that rigorous processes must be followed during software development, productization, and maintenance.” Dedicated resources, domain knowledge and familiarity with standards allow companies such as Merge to speed up the submission process, but approval varies by product and the process to get an app to market, as outlined on the FDA’s Web site, is a rigorous one.

Source:  Fast Company

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The AirStrip OBSERVER Suite of Products

Thanks to the innovations of AirStrip Technologies, state-of-the-art remote healthcare surveillance is now a reality at hospitals nationwide.

The AirStrip OBSERVER Suite™ is a collection of robust, dynamic software solutions that are setting a new standard of care – affording healthcare providers in a variety of practice areas anywhere, anytime access to critical information that can improve patient safety and strengthen communication between healthcare professionals.

The AirStrip OBSERVER Suite includes AirStrip OB™, AirStrip CARDIOLOGY™, AirStrip CRITICAL CARE™, AirStrip IMAGING™ and AirStrip LABORATORY™. AirStrip OB is already FDA cleared and the other applications in the suite are in advanced stages of development. The Suite offers the latest remote healthcare surveillance technology across multiple healthcare disciplines. For more information on the specific features and functionalities of the products within the AirStrip OBSERVER Suite.

Source:  AirStrip

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