2013 MDEA Finalists: Critical-Care and Emergency Medicine Products
The injectable drugs technologies market globally is set to grow at a 14 percent compounded annual growth rate to reach $43.3 billion in 2017.
A company that supplies products and services for medical device OEMs has released a new line of safety-engineered catheters designed to protect against infection. The Introcan Safety IV Catheter provides passive safety protection from needlestick injuries, a multi-access, blood-control septum to aid in the prevention of blood exposure.
In August 1988, three jets from the Italian Air Force display team collided at the U.S. Ramstein Air Base air show Flutag '88. Three pilots died and flaming aviation fuel and debris resulted in 67 spectator deaths. About 500 people sought hospital treatment following the event, including 346 spectators with serious injuries.
The common luer—once a simple fits-all solution—now creates considerable complications in increasingly complex medical environments. Widespread use of the luer connector has become too much of a good thing. For more than 110 years its simple design made the luer economical to manufacture and easy to use. Today its simplicity threatens patients’ health and physicians’ outcomes.
For patients suffering from severe asthma, the inability to properly manage symptoms using drug-based therapies such as inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and long-acting beta-agonists ( LABAs ) may take the wind right out of their sails. Aiming to improve patients' quality of life while reducing the...
Clear needleless connector The patented MaxPlus Clear needleless connector from CareFusion features a flat, smooth access port that helps to optimize the disinfection process. Featuring a dual-seal design to maintain seal integrity, the connector offers minimum potential for microbial ingress. In...
This is a story about usability that has nothing to do with regulation and nothing to do, at least initially, with human factors professionals. The story begins with a patient—Cari Ugent, who was in the unenviable position of spending a few weeks in the hospital connected to an IV pole. If you’re ambulatory in the hospital, which Cari was, and if you’re on an IV, which she also was, then it’s not just a matter of lying there next to the pole; you have to bring it along with you wherever you go.
The Edelvaiss Multiline is a manifold and IV line that simultaneously delivers up to eight drugs to a patient through an 8-lumen tube, without mixing the drugs. It is used for patients needing multiple drugs in surgery, the ICU, or cancer treatment. Manufactured and submitted by Doran International (Toussieu, France). Supply and design credit to Emerson Industrial Automation Branson Divison SAS (Rungis, France).
Safepole is an antitip IV pole engineered for safety. It features covered wheels, a sturdy, ergonomic handlebar, extra space for infusion pumps, a central power strip, and a roomy basket to hold bedside essentials such as tissue and alcohol swabs. Manufactured by SafePole LLC (Los Angeles). Entry submitted by TEAMS Design (Chicago). Supply and design credit to TEAMS Design (Chicago).
Last month, West Coast managed healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente announced that it would no longer purchase IV bags or tubing that contain PVC or the plasticizer DEHP . Although the move away from PVC- and DEHP-containing IV products has been picking up momentum in recent years, Kaiser's...
A mechanical cam-actuated module is designed to help accelerate ultrasonic welding in the high-volume automated production assembly of disposable medical devices. The VRUW enables the ultrasonic welding cycle to be less than 1 second per assembly for some products. Cam actuation enables smooth transitions between welding movements and minimizes the cycle time needed to extend and retract the welding horn.