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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… …

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… …

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…

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…

In, Out, And On Your Way

  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find out the wait time at your local hospital without going and seeing the queue in person? How about for the hospital staff, who aim to provide patient satisfaction by optimizing in-hospital efficiency? Well, good news, all you need is a computer (or smart phone).   InQuicker (www.inquicker.com) allows emergency department and urgent care visitors to hold their hospital spot online, and then projects treatment times so they can arrive and be seen promptly. Updates are provided by way of phone call or email. The InQuicker system is also designed to filter certain symptom keywords that may indicate a true emergency. It will then respond with a prompt to call 911 or immediately go to the ED.  Tags: ED waiting timePublished: 9/10/2012 1:22:00 PM Original Article… …

Gauze Stops Bleeding

  The QuickClot Combat Gauze has been shown to be 100 percent effective in stopping traumatic bleeding by second application in a model of simulated hemorrhagic shock.   The Combat Gauze, which is carried by all branches of the U.S. Military, is impregnated with the hemostatic agent kaolin. It has been used to stop bleeding in extreme physiologic conditions that are normally associated with risk of fatality.   A study completed by researchers at the Department of Surgery at Madigan Health Systems demonstrated that a single application of the Combat Gauze was able to stop bleeding in 89 percent of subjects, while the second round of treatment succeeded in stopping bleeding in all subjects.   Kaolin is an inert mineral that quickly promotes blood clotting, and it is indicated for external control of traumatic bleeding for any wound.   Learn more about QuickClot Combat Gauze at www.zmedica.com. Tags: stopping traumatic bleeding, kaolin, hemostatic agentPublished: 9/24/2012 10:40:00 AM Original Article… …

Seeing Clearly

Protect your eyes with the lightweight Uvex Carbonvision wide-view safety goggle. The goggle features a coating to ensure maximum anti-scratch and anti-fog properties, as well as durability and safety. The lenses offer 99.9 percent ultraviolet protection. A flexible frame fits to different face shapes, and the body is fixed to the frame for easy cleaning and maintenance. The goggle is available in clear and gray lens tints. Honeywell Safety Products launched the Uvex Carbonvision goggle, and it is available now through safety equipment distributors in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.uvex.us. Tags: safety gogglePublished: 10/22/2012 12:22:00 PM Original Article… …

AxoTrack Named One of 2012’s Best Innovations

AxoTrack needle visualization technology was named one of the world’s best innovations for 2012 by Popular Science.  The device, invented by emergency physician Stephen F. Ridley, MD, combines traditional ultrasound imaging with advanced magnetics. While it was originally designed to improve the safety and accuracy of placing central venous catheters, the device is now used for a range of needle-guided procedures. Clinicians using the device are provided with real-time updates of needle position that can be visualized as the needle travels through the tissue to its intended target. For more information, visit www.somaaccesssystems.com. Read the Popular Science article about AxoTrack at http://bit.ly/axotrackpopsci.  Tags: needle visualization technology, needle-guided procedures, placing cathetersPublished: 11/15/2012 12:24:00 PM Original Article… …

Panasonic Introduces 32″ 3D Monitor for Surgical Suite

Panasonic, a provider of health care display and monitor products, released a 3D medical grade 32” class monitor, which delivers 2D and 3D image quality and can display three images (from three separate sources) at once.   The EJ-MDA32U-K uses an Xpol circular polarizing system, which maintains the stereoscopic effect. It also enables several clinicians and medical students in the OR to watch the same 3D display. It also produces high-definition images with more than two million pixels.   The monitor supports two HD-SDI inputs, two DVI inputs and an analog input. It is fully compliant with medical equipment standards. Tags: monitor, imagesPublished: 4/24/2013 7:29:00 AM Original Article… …

Measuring Tape for Children

  The Mercy TAPE, which stands for “TAking the guesswork out of Pediatric weight Estimation,” is based on a technique called the Mercy Method that estimates weight based on the length and circumference of the upper arm. The Mercy TAPE, which looks like a tape measure, translates the measurements into a weight that is displayed directly on the device and requires only basic addition by the user.   Researchers from Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, MO, found that the tape, which estimates the weight of pediatric patients ages 2 months to 16 years, is more accurate than other methods currently available for children. It works just as well in underweight and overweight children as it does in those of normal weight.   For more information, visit childrensmercy.org.Tags: Mercy TAPE, Mercy Method, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Body weight Published: 6/7/2013 9:20:00 AM Original Article… …