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October 2017

Scientists create artificial heart with 3D printing

Editor's Note Researchers from Zurich, Switzerland, have created an artificial heart out of silicone using 3D printing. The artificial heart, which mimics the human heart in shape and function, presently has a lifespan of approximately 3,000 beats, or about 30 to 45 minutes. The researchers hope to develop a more…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2017
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Global outbreak of M chimaera linked to German factory

Editor's Note The LivaNova factory in Munich, Germany, a manufacturer of heater-cooler units used in cardiothoracic surgery, appears to be the source of a global outbreak of Mycobacterium chimaera, this study finds. Researchers matched the DNA of samples taken from 21 infected cardiothoracic surgical patients to samples from heater-cooler units…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2017
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles designated a ‘Most Wired’ hospital

Editor's Note Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) announced July 11 that it has been designated a Health Care’s Most Wired 2017 by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. Hospitals & Health Networks, an AHA publication, annually assesses the level of health information technology adoption in US hospitals and health…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2017
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Hybrid OR experts plus exhibit equal exceptional education

Each year, the OR Manager Conference showcases the latest hybrid OR technology along with expert advice from clinicians and manufacturers. The 2017 conference (October 2-4 in Orlando, Florida) will feature an extensive exhibit and opportunities to interact with the Hybrid OR Steering Committee members (sidebar, p 15): • Monday, 2…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 13, 2017
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Electronic scheduling system radically improves OR workflow

Between the expanding population and the increasing number of surgical procedures being performed, demand for surgical services is climbing. One study has predicted a 14% to 47% increase in surgical demand across all surgical fields by 2020. Given the high cost of operations, an efficient workflow is paramount, and there…

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By: Weston Shertzer, DO, Abdel Ragab, MD, Timothy Frymoyer, Matt Fitzpatrick, Courtney Gorgone, MBA, SSBB and Kelly Baylor, CCRC
July 13, 2017
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FDA updates Class II medical devices exempt from premarket notification

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 11 announced a list of 1,003 Class II devices that the Agency says no longer require premarket notification to provide reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness. The exemptions were made in an effort to decrease regulatory burdens on the medical…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2017
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Report predicts growth of spinal implant market

Editor's Note A Market Research Future report predicts the global market for spinal implants will reach $14 billion by 2011 because of an increasing prevalence of spinal injuries and disorders and an aging population, according to the July 5 Becker’s Spine Review. The costliness of spinal implants and unfavorable reimbursement…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 6, 2017
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FDA issues draft guideline on UDI requirements

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 30 issued a draft guideline: “Product Identifier Requirements Under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act−Compliance Policy.” The draft guidance describes the FDA’s enforcement of requirements related to unique device identification (UDI), specifically those that manufacturers affix or imprint on a…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 5, 2017
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Economic benefits of low-temperature vs steam sterilization of endoscopes

Editor's Note This Australian study finds it is a good economic decision for large healthcare facilities to invest in low-temperature systems for sterilization of steam-sterilizable endoscopes. Increased costs associated with low-temperature systems were outweighed by savings from fewer instrument repairs. Based on their calculations, the researchers estimated a savings of…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2017
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FDA announces new digital health resources

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the creation of a new centralized Digital Health Unit in its Center for Devices and Radiological Health, which together with draft guidance on software as a medical device, is designed to support technological innovation and advance digital health, the June…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 28, 2017
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