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CPR Coaching Device

  Physio-Control has released TrueCPR, a coaching device designed to optimize manual CPR performance by measuring chest compressions and by providing high-quality feedback in real-time and following resuscitation. The apparatus is simple to use, portable, and requires no connection to a monitor or defibrillator. TrueCPR provides three levels of performance feedback to help response teams improve their CPR quality, including real-time, immediately after, and later for review.   The device utilizes new triaxial field induction technology, which provides accurate CPR depth measurement and helps guide rescuers to perform compressions of at least two inches (five centimeters) of depth. It also measures changes in a low-energy 3-D magnetic field generated by a reference pad placed beneath the patient and a sensor on the patient’s chest, continuously calculating the changing distance between the two points, as a caregiver performs manual compressions. For more information, visit www.physio-control.com/TrueCPR. Tags: Physio-Control, TrueCPR, CPR, Chest Compressions, Defibrillator, Education, Technology, inventionsPublished: 10/21/2013 1:22:00 PM Original Article… …

Multimedia Assists Discharged Patients

  White Plains Hospital has implemented a personalized multimedia system called Good to Go, which was designed by ExperiaHealth to assist patients after their discharge and cut down on readmissions. The system records discharge instructions on an iPad as the nurse gives them to the patient. Included are a description of the medical condition, a summary of the patient’s medical history, and the regimen the patient needs to follow at home. Hospitals using Good to Go have experienced a 15 percent reduction in readmissions and a 63 percent improvement in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores for questions related to discharge communication, according to data collected by ExperiaHealth. Additional details are available at www.wphospital.org. Tags: White Plains, Hospital Multimedia, Discharge, Readmissions, ExperiaHealth, iPad, Affordable Care Act, HCAHPS, Technology, InventionsPublished: 1/20/2014 3:17:00 PM Original Article… …

Weight-Calibrated Dosers

PediDose has introduced weight-based dosers for dispensing children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen elixirs. Dosing pediatric elixirs by age or weight range often leads to underdosing and sometimes overdosing. These dosers deliver the proper weight-based volume of children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen elixirs with no calculations, no age- or weight-dosing, less dosing error risk, easy measurement, fast administration, and less mess. Contact Sam Slishman, MD, at (505)220-1014 or visit www.PediDose.com for more information.   Tags: children’s dosing acetaminophen ibuprofenPublished: 4/4/2014 12:01:00 PM Original Article… …

Improve ED Communication

Every minute matters in the ED, and getting the right people talking quickly is key. Avenir International has released version 3.0 of its ConnectPath automated communication solution. ConnectPath can reach specialists and assemble teams with the touch of a button. It is integrated with existing directories and an up-to-date schedule, meaning ConnectPath can direct-connect the ED with any specialist’s phone or pager or send text messages automatically. Physicians choose their preferred device, and ConnectPath does the rest. Its analytics engine captures compliance data, enables event analysis, and provides valuable insights into opportunities for improvement, increasing accountability. Details about ConnectPath’s web-based solution, pay-for-value pricing, and money-back guarantee are available at www.avenir-int.com.Tags: ED communicationPublished: 4/4/2014 2:14:00 PM Original Article… …

Save a Life Makes Final Round in Challenge

Save a Life is a finalist in the Chicago Open Innovation Challenge, in which several people with innovative ideas are competing for $25,000 in grant funding.     Save a Life helps instructors verify CPR competency through Google Glass that guides and tracks proper technique based on visual and auditory prompts. The education tool also has a built-in tool that assists with calling for help, and provides objective metrics on compression rate, rhythm, and depth. The program works by accessing the wearable sensors (gyroscope/accelerometer) in Google Glass to help students achieve metrics through audio and visual feedback in real time.           For a step-by-step explanation on how Save a Life works or to back the project, visit http://bit.ly/1vCOQBz.  Tags: technology, innovations, Google, google glass, CPR, Chicago, Save a LifePublished: 10/23/2014 9:48:00 AM Original Article… …

Walgreens App Allows for Virtual Checkups

Walgreens is teaming up with MDLive to launch a virtual physician visit feature on its mobile app, the company announced in early December. MDLive is a provider of virtual health services that will connect customers with certified physicians through video chat on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.   Virtual visits are for nonemergency health conditions, such as upper respiratory tract infections, ear aches, sore throats, and rashes, and are not intended for more serious symptoms such as chest pain. Physicians can write prescriptions after the virtual visits, too. The Walgreens app, which works with iOS and Android devices, will allow customers to make appointments, as well.   Appointments are $49, and usually last 10 to 15 minutes, Dr. Harry Leider, MDLive’s chief medical officer, told Chicago Tribune. The service is available to California and Michigan residents, and will be rolled out in other states in the next few years.   Read the full story: http://trib.in/1wvNgnW.   Tags: technology, innovations, Walgreens, Walgreens app, virtual appointment, smartphone, tablet, computerPublished: 12/11/2014 10:09:00 AM Original Article… …

Samsung’s Newest US System Designed for Portable Market

By Alissa Katz   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Samsung Medison 510(k) clearance for the UGEO PT60A in August 2013, and the company released its tablet-based ultrasound system two months later.   Designed for the portable market, the UGEO PT60A ultrasound system features a 10.1-inch LED full touch screen and Needle Mate technology, which delineates the needle’s location during procedures like nerve blocking, corticosteroid injections, and PIC line insertions. Its SDMR and Spatial Compounding Image technology eliminates unwanted speckle noise and incorporates beam steering and compounding of scan lines to provide spatial and contrast resolution.     The QuickScan feature offers patients an improved service with faster and more accurate diagnoses, and the Auto IMT offers output such as the Framingham Score, risk factors, and a user graph. Additionally, settings including mean, max, standard deviation, and quality index measurements are instantly available.   In addition to a handle for easy transport, the system also features a tilting monitor, lift table, micro probe connector and three additional probe ports, and a basket space with an encased printer and gel storage space. The company produces convex, linear, and phased array probes that are compatible with the PT60A.   Samsung, in…

CriticaLink Helps Countries Lacking EMS

Jennifer Farrell, a Fulbright scholar and fourth-year medical student at Tulane University, founded CriticaLink, a nonprofit mobile app company, to more quickly help first responders get to accidents in countries where emergency medical services are inconsistent or, in some cases, nonexistent.   Calls made through the app will be dispatched through a call center, or app users can send photos and submit geo-tagged information. When accidents are reported, nearby trained first responders will receive a ping and a pop-up notification on their phones. The number for the call center is a long one for now (096 7878 7878), but post-pilot phase, the company will transition to a shorter number, like 911, once they’ve collected enough data and make any necessary changes to the system, Ms. Farrell said.     The app launched in the Google Play store this past November, along with the call center. “We are working on the Apple and Windows version, but since 87 percent of our volunteers run Android phones in Bangladesh — they’re cheaper and easier to come by — [there] hasn’t been a big push,” she said. Tags: CriticaLink, Google Play, EMS, emergency medicine, Android, BangladeshPublished: 1/27/2015 8:38:00 AM Original Article… …

The Health e-MedRecord

Emergency Medicine News spoke with Carlo Reyes, MD, JD, the vice chief of staff and the assistant medical director of emergency medicine at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, CA, and the founder and CEO of Health e-MedRecord, a patient-centered and emergency physician-designed EMR solution. He discussed the difference between his EMR and every other product available, the emphasis on patient involvement, and how his product is HIPAA-secure. Below is an abbreviated transcript of the interview. Read Dr. Reyes’ past columns at http://bit.ly/ReyesAtYourDefense.     Why is the Health e-MedRecord different from every other EMR? Probably the most important difference of HEMR is that this is a company that was founded by doctors and for the purposes specifically of realizing the potential of what an electronic medical record was intended to do, which was to make doctors and providers and nurses more efficient in delivering high-quality patient care. You know, I’ve been practicing emergency medicine and pediatrics for 12 years now, and as electronic medical records unfolded in the context of meaningful use and all these requirements, it’s actually made us less efficient. It makes no sense to me.           It’s really a company that focuses on the needs of…

CrowdOptic Hopes to Improve EP, EMT Communication

CrowdOptic allows emergency physicians to observe patients inside an ambulance en route to a hospital by sharing the perspective of an EMT broadcasting in real-time through a wearable device like Google Glass. CrowdOptic is one of five official Google Glass partners.   “Through 4G on the ambulance, he’ll upload high-definition 1080p video that streams to the Cloud and can be accessed through a secure link by a computer or a tablet or even an iPhone by personnel in the receiving hospital,” said Jim Kovach, MD, JD, CrowdOptic’s vice president of business development.   “An emergency physician can talk through two-way audio to the EMT, and he can [zero] in through a digital zoom to instruct the EMT to look at an EKG or to even conduct a pupil exam to look for a contraction or dilation.”   The company said they hope the technology will lead to a new relationship between EPs and EMTs based on a dialogue that’s going to occur over time, Dr. Kovach said. Currently, the company is primarily working on pilots for health care systems that have large stroke coverage, with letting stroke patients bypass an ED the brass ring of this new technology.   “To be…