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ScanMed Allows for Quick Medical Information Retrieval

  Rocket Surgery Concepts has created a convenient way for first responders to retrieve vital medical and emergency information; it’s all on the wrist.   ScanMed QR (Quick Response) allows customers to visit www.ScanMedQR.com and create a profile of all of their medical illnesses, medications, and allergies. After the profile is completed, customers order a silicone sports band ($24.99 per year), and each band is laser etched with the wearers’ unique QR code (consists of the details on the profile).   When an emergency happens, first responders can scan the patient’s QR code (by using an iPhone or Android smartphone), and instantly see the profile information. The company is working on extending this product to children, which will give parents to ability to provide medical treatment consent forms for their kids and other features. Tags: first responders, medical record, patient informationPublished: 4/30/2013 7:06:00 AM Original Article… …

State’s 2020 CMNH Champion keeps the beat with a mended heart

Sybil Cumberland of Preston, 7, a Children’s of Mississippi Children’s Heart Center patient, will represent more than 180,000 children who see UMMC specialists for pediatric care each year. She and her family have been strong supporters of the state’s only children’s hospital, leading toy drives and broadcasting their story during the Mississippi Miracles Radiothon.]]>Original Article… …

Remote Monitoring Service

Clinicians in health care facilities can now quickly obtain data on the status of Medtronic implanted cardiac devices by using the CareLink Express Service, a remote monitoring system launched by Medtronic.  When cardiac device patients used to visit emergency departments for any reason unrelated to their implanted device, they often had to wait to have their implanted devices checked in-person by someone qualified. Now, physicians no longer have to wait for a cardiac device expert to perform checks, instead evaluating a patient’s device status online with a remote device representative. In a 55-site pilot program, hospitals using the service were able to reduce patient wait times over a six-month spanfrom an average of 84 minutes to fewer than 15 minutes. How does it work? Medtronic provides facilities with a monitor (like the one above), which is used to check the implanted Medtronic device. After using the CareLink Express to check a patient’s device, the data are transmitted to a device expert. The expert reviews the information remotely and provides an assessment of the device status to the hospital. Learn more about the CareLink Express Service by visiting www.medtronic.com Tags: implanted cardiac devicesPublished: 9/14/2012 8:13:00 AM Original Article… …

Taking care of yourself? That can be messy for millennials

Getting enough rest, exercising, eating right and achieving a balance between work and play is a tall order for anyone. But for busy millennials, self-care might be even more elusive. Medical Center experts advise this population to be mindful and deliberate about self-care, planning it if they need to, and to not feel guilty about paying attention to their emotional and physical health.]]>Original Article… …

The Latest Technology & Inventions

By Matthew Coleman The Warm Scrub Emergency physicians must spend all day in chilly hospitals wearing thin scrubs which are practical but poor providers of warmth. Bob Perez, a radiology technologist, said he “froze” in the bacteria-protected, cold atmosphere of his place of work for 18 years before envisioning ThermScrub, a warm, durable scrub. The ThermScrub maintains the function of a regular scrub, but is made of polyester fleece, a material often used in winter gloves and hats. The ThermScrub comes in nine colors, sizes XS-XXXL. For more information, visit www.thermscrub.com. Resuscitation Quick Guide Situations often arise in emergency medicine when quick decisions about critical medication and dosage information can mean life or death for a patient needing resuscitation. Though health care providers may have memorized the information, miscalculation mistakes are inevitable. That is where the ABCs of Resuscitation charts come in. These charts follow the same color pattern as familiar resuscitation systems, and supply a quick reference for resuscitation information. The color-coded categories are organized by patient age and weight, and contain emergency medications, precalculated dosages, and size specific equipment. The laminated, waterproof charts are available in pocket, clipboard, and wall sizes. For details, visit www.VedellsMD.com. Finding a Job…

If obstructive sleep apnea makes rest elusive, a new device can help

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea often can’t get a good night’s sleep, and no wonder. They may snore loudly and gasp for breath because their airway is blocked, making them sleepy the next day and sometimes causing cardiovascular problems. A new device implanted by a UMMC physician opens up those patients’ airways, giving some the first solid sleep they’ve had in years.]]>Original Article… …

New Technology & Inventions

By Matthew Coleman   This column focuses on the latest products, devices, and ideas to improve emergency medicine practice. Brief news releases and photographs are welcome, and must be submitted electronically. Images must be 300 dpi, in tiff, jpeg, or eps format, and at least 4“x4” in size. Please send information to [email protected] Portable Brain Cooler     Cooling the brain after cardiac arrest has been known to improve neurological outcomes in patients, and initiating this process as early as possible is essential. The RhinoChill Intra-Nasal Cooling System allows cooling to start in the field by using a noninvasive nasal catheter that sprays a rapidly evaporating coolant liquid into the nasal cavity. The system is small, battery-powered, easy to use, and portable, allowing for quick deployment in any prehospital and emergency setting. It also won the Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Product of the Year prize in the 2012 MEDTEC EMDT Innovation Awards. Visit www.benechill.com/wp/rhinochill-trade for details.   Innovative Wound Dressing     Patients with partial thickness burns must undergo painful dressing changes as frequently as twice daily, which can cause discomfort and potential wound infection. ConvaTec’s Aquacel Ag burn dressing can be left on for up to 21 days. The…