Originally Published MDDI April 2005
2005 Winning Products and Suppliers
Critical-Care and Emergency Medicine Products
EZ-IO intraosseous delivery device, manufactured by VindaCare Corp. (San Antonio, TX). Entry submitted by BC Tech (Santa Cruz, CA). EZ-IO is a powered intraosseous delivery device used for delivering fluid resuscitation and administering medication when standard vein access cannot be readily achieved.
Supply and design credit: BC Tech.
Lifeline automated external defibrillator, manufactured by Defibtech (Guilford, CT). The Lifeline automated external defibrillator is a self-contained defibrillator with voice prompting and intuitive user interface. Its real-world functionality enables both medical professionals and lay responders to provide lifesaving defibrillation.
Supply and design credit: BSC Engineering (Dumont, NJ).
LifeSync wireless ECG system, manufactured by GMP Wireless Medicine Inc. (Fort Lauderdale, FL). See description on page 69.
Supply and design credit: Design Continuum (West Newton, MA), Healthcare Technology Group (Wharton, TX), Molex Inc. (Naperville, FL), Motorola Energy Systems Group (Lawrenceville, GA), Motorola Inc. (Northbrook, IL), Robrady Design Inc. (Sarasota, FL), and Stonestreet One Inc. (Louisville, KY).
Dental Instruments, Equipment, and Supplies
OptraGate, manufactured by SFS intec AG (Altstatten, Switzerland). See description.
Supply and design credit: Ivoclar Vivadent (Amherst, NY).
Waterlase MD dental therapy laser, manufactured by BioLase Technology Inc. (San Clemente, CA). Waterlase MD employs advanced laser technology for the safe treatment of all dental tissues with no pain, no need for anesthestic, no bleeding, and fast recovery times.
Supply and design credit: LeFiell (Santa Fe Springs, CA), Morphix Design Inc. (San Clemente, CA), Patton Design Inc. (Irvine, CA), Pulse Technologies (Harleysville, PA), and Solid Concepts (Poway, CA).
RelyX Luting Plus cement dispenser, manufactured by 3M ESPE Dental Product Development Specialist (St. Paul, MN). See description.
Supply and design credit: AP Engineering Services (St. Paul, MN), Hi-Tech Rubber Inc. (Anaheim, CA), and Intesys Technologies Inc. (Costa Mesa, CA).
General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products
3M foam adhesive dressing, manufactured by 3M Co. (St. Paul, MN). 3M foam adhesive dressing is a bordered, highly absorbent foam dressing for treating moderate to highly exuding partial- to full-thickness dermal wounds such as pressure ulcers, neuropathic ulcers, abrasions, and first- and second-degree burns.
Supply and design credit: Alcan Packaging (Akron, OH), Medical Flexibles Americas (Milwaukee), LMI Inc. (St. Charles, MI), Loparex (Willowbrook, IL), and National Nonwovens (East Hampton, MA).
ALYX component collection system, manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Corp. (Round Lake, IL). See description.
Supply and design credit: Insight Product Development (Chicago).
EnteraLite Infinity enteral feeding system, manufactured by Zevex Inc. (Salt Lake City). EnteraLite Infinity allows tube-fed patients to be physically active without being held back by their feeding pump. Designed for hospital and alternate-care use, the device offers simplicity, accuracy, and portability to promote physical activity.
Supply and design credit: Eclipse Product Development (Salt Lake City).
F.A.S.T. (facilitated aspiration/suction thrombectomy) system, manufactured by Genesis Medical Interventional Inc. (Redwood City, CA). See description.
Supply and design credit: Medical Murray (Buffalo Grove, IL) and Smiths Medical (Gary, IN).
The Lighted Ear Curette, manufactured by Bionix Development Corp. (Toledo, OH). The Lighted Ear Curette combines a bright white light-emitting diode (LED) with a clear plastic ear curette, enabling physicians to perform cerumen removal safely under direct visualization in what had previously been considered a blind procedure.
Supply and design credit: Lambda Research Corp. (Tucson, AZ) and The Tech Group (Grand Rapids, MI).
Vital Heat body temperature regulator, manufactured by Dynatherm Medical Inc. (Burlingame, CA). See description.
Supply and design credit: Whipsaw Inc. (San Jose).
Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products
Axxess neurostimulation leads, manufactured by Advanced Neuromodula-tion Systems (Plano, TX). See description.
In Vitro Diagnostics
Alegria multisample random-access ELISA analyzer, manufactured by Orgentec Diagnostika GmbH (Mainz, Germany). Entry submitted by Teleca System Design AB (Stockholm, Sweden). The Alegria is a multisample random-access ELISA analyzer developed for processing SMC-technology-based test strips as an aid in the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases. The Alegria is intended for in vitro diagnostic use only.
Supply and design credit: BIT Analytical Instruments Inc. (Burlington, MA) and Teleca System Design AB.
GeneChip Scanner 3000 with autoloader, manufactured by Affymetrix Inc. (Santa Clara, CA). See description.
Supply and design credit: Design Continuum (West Newton, MA).
Niox Mino, handheld FENO analyzer, manufactured by Aerocrine AB (Solna, Sweden). Niox Mino is a handheld device for measuring exhaled nitric oxide (NO), a marker of airway inflammation. This noninvasive method makes it easier to diagnose asthma and measure response to treatment, and can give early warning of loss of asthma control.
Supply and design credit: Ergonomidesign (Bromma, Sweden) and Teleca System Design AB (Stockholm).
Over-the-Counter and Self-Care Products
ConfiDose disposable autoinjector, manufactured by PharmaPen Inc. (Athens, TX). See description.
Supply and design credit: Acxess Spring (Riverside, CA), Hogan & Hartson LLP (Washington, DC), Pinnacle Precision Inc. (Logan, UT), and Pleasant Precision Inc. (Kenton, OH).
Humatrope reconstitution device, manufactured by Eli Lilly and Co., Pharmaceutical Delivery Systems (Indianapolis). Entry submitted by IDEO (Palo Alto, CA). The Humatrope reconstitution device is used to mix a diluent (liquid) with a human growth hormone powder. The subsequent solution is used for injection. The device makes reconstitution significantly easier than with other processes.
Supply and design credit: IDEO.
Vicks Baby Thermometer, manufactured by Kaz Inc. (New York City). The Vicks Baby Thermometer is designed for safer and easier rectal temperature measurement in babies. Its compact, ergonomic design makes it easy to hold and control, while the large display makes viewing easy. The short probe helps guard against overinsertion.
Supply and design credit: Smart Design (New York City).
Radiological and Electromechanical Devices
Intelect Advanced and Mobile Electrotherapy range, manufactured by Chattanooga Group (Hixson, TN). See description.
Supply and design credit: Design + Industry Pty Ltd. (Sydney).
Somatom Sensation 64 computed tomography system, manufactured by Siemens Medical Solutions (Malvern, PA). See description.
Z-View aberrometer, manufactured by Ophthonix Inc. (San Diego). Entry submitted by DD Studio (Carlsbad, CA). See description.
Supply and design credit: Custom Engineering Plastics (San Diego), DD Studio, and Polytech Industries (Saint Charles, IL).
Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products
Motiva interactive healthcare platform, manufactured by Philips Medical Systems (Milpitas, CA). Motiva is a healthcare information and monitoring system for people with chronic diseases. It uses clinical software, vital-sign measurement devices, and a personalized interactive TV program (in the home) to connect patients to their caregivers.
Supply and design credit: Celadon (San Rafael, CA), Philips Digital Systems Laboratory (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Schematic (Los Angeles), and Silicon & Software Systems (Dublin, Ireland).
Sage oxygen therapeutic device, manufactured by Chad Therapeutics (Chatsworth, CA). The Sage oxygen therapeutic device is a pulsed oxygen-delivery device that incorporates a motion sensor, software algorithms, and integrated memory to recognize and deliver oxygen according to a patient's needs based on activity level.
Supply and design credit: CTS Interconnect Systems (Londonderry, NH).
Savia 211 dSZ hearing system, manufactured by Phonak AG (Stäfa, Switzerland). See description.
Supply and design credit: Milani Design & Consulting AG (Erlenbach, Switzerland).
Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies
CardioPAT perioperative autotransfusion system, manufactured by Haemonetics (Braintree, MA). See description.
Supply and design credit: ESI Visual Communications (Newton, MA).
Cassi rotational core biopsy device, manufactured by Sanarus Medical Inc. (Pleasanton, CA). See description.
Supply and design credit: Compass Product Design (Pleasanton, CA), CullDez Product Development (Byron, CA), CVM Inc. (Pleasanton, CA), and Valmark (Livermore, CA).
ClozeX wound-closure device, manufactured by ClozeX Medical LLC (Dagsboro, DE). See description.
Supply and design credit: Adhesives Research Inc. (Glen Rock, PA), Baril Die Inc. (Haverhill, MA), Delta Industries (Minneapolis), and Sterile Technologies Inc. (Queensbury, NY).
Insorb 20 subcuticular skin stapler, manufactured by Incisive Surgical Inc. (Plymouth, MN). See description.
Supply and design credit: Redgroup Inc. (Minneapolis) and UFE Inc. (Stillwater, MN).
StarClose vascular closure system, manufactured by Abbott Vascular Devices (Redwood City, CA). The StarClose vascular closure system delivers a nitinol clip to close femoral artery puncture sites following percutaneous catheterization procedures.
Supply and design credit: Modified Polymer Components Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA), MOS Plastics Inc. (San Jose), New England Precision Grinding (Holliston, MA), Norman Noble (Highland Heights, OH), PacifiX Product Development Inc. (Menlo Park, CA), Parnell Engineering and Consulting (Sunnyvale, CA), Peridot Corp. (Pleasanton, CA), Pulse Systems Corp. (Concord, CA), Spectralytics (Dassel, MN), SR Design (San Mateo, CA), and TFX Medical-OEM Group (Jaffrey, NH).
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