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Philips wins healthcare product design awards

Royal Philips Electronics has received eight healthcare awards in the iF product design competition 2009, making it the biggest category winner in iF’s history.

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Five Philips healthcare products won iF awards: the Kitten Scanner, which teaches children about what happens in a CT scan; the Xper Patient Table for cardiovascular X-ray systems; the portable CX50 Ultrasound system for cardiology; the Bright View SPECT variable angle gamma camera; and a next-generation automated external defibrillator not yet available for sale.

Philips also received awards for a CPR meter co-designed with the Laerdal Design Department, and for two products that Philips Design has created for other companies: DenTek’s Dental Repair Products for temporary repair, and Delmedica’s handheld Xhalo device for predicting asthma attacks.

The iF awards recognise high-quality design across a range of criteria including innovativeness, functionality, workmanship, design quality and ergonomics. This year, 2808 products from 1025 contestants in 39 countries competed, and a total of 802 product awards were selected.

These awards reflect the success of Philips Design’s healthcare consultancy, launched last year to offer independent services directly to customers.

Based in the Netherlands, Royal Philips Electronics is a diversified healthcare company. For more information, visit www.design.philips.com

Now, Voyager

Abbott has launched a balloon dilatation catheter with high pressure capability, designed to optimise the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease during angioplasty procedures.

Now available in Europe, the Voyager NC system can be used for both pre-dilatation and post-dilatation procedures. Surgeons can use it to navigate tortuous anatomy and open up lesions before a stent is delivered, or expand an implanted stent more precisely against the vessel wall.

“When choosing a dilatation catheter, one of the key attributes interventional cardiologists look for is the ability to accurately deliver the balloon to the target lesion, particularly in challenging coronary anatomy,” said Dean J. Kereiakes, MD, medical director, The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center in Cincinnati, OH. “Voyager NC delivers on its promise as a high-performance balloon dilatation catheter with highpressure capability, frequently making difficult cases easier, even when treating the most challenging lesions.”

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Proprietary features of the Voyager NC catheter include: a smooth, rounded tip designed to enhance balloon delivery through stents; flexible tungsten markers designed to help surgeons navigate through arteries; and a bi-layer balloon material designed to allow control over balloon growth.

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death worldwide. For more information, visit www.abbott.com.

Ocelus delivers without pain

A new needle-free injection device will be brought to market as a result of £100,000 investment from Finance Wales plc and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Ocelus Ltd, based in Cardiff, has developed a device that can be placed on the skin to deliver drugs via microscopic particles.

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Many drugs, including insulin and vaccines, cannot be given orally or by patches. The new device could make it much easier to take these drugs, creating substantial savings for drug companies and health services.

Finance Wales plc, which provides commercial funding to SMEs, has taken a £50,000 equity stake in Ocelus Ltd. The Welsh Assembly Government is providing £50,000 through its Single Investment Fund to support the development and commercialisation of the product.

Dr Andrew Kirby of Ocelus Ltd said that the micro-implant device “allows the functionality of an injection with the convenience and lack of pain of a patch”. He described it as “the next generation” on from technologies such as microneedles, which have proved “difficult to commercialise”.

Ocelus Ltd aims to work with major pharmaceutical companies and pursue licensing opportunities to develop revenue.

Leanna Davies, Early Stage Investment Manager at Finance Wales plc, said: “Ocelus Ltd has devised an ingenious method for delivering drugs into the body. The potential for this product is huge in terms of savings to the health sector, pharmaceutical industry and in reducing the problems associated with conventional injections, such as pain and inconvenience.”

For more information, visit www.financewales.co.uk

ECG will wear on the sports field

An intelligent t-shirt that continuously monitors ECG and heart rate is now exclusively available in the UK.

London-based healthcare company optima-life has acquired the UK distribution rights to the Vital Jacket HWM (Heart Wave Monitor) from Biodevices in Portugal.

The Vital Jacket makes vital signs monitoring more easily available to the sport and fitness arenas.

Image of the new t-shirt

Linking textiles and micro-electronics, the Vital Jacket incorporates ECG monitoring technology into a wearable t-shirt. Attached to the shirt is a lightweight measuring unit with an SD memory card, which fits in a pocket.

This mobile device takes away the need to be hooked up to stationary ECG equipment, thus creating new monitoring opportunities. Up to 72 hours of continuous heartwave data can be collected in real time and sent to a laptop via Bluetooth.

Professor Greg Whyte, Director of the CRY Centre for Sports Cardiology at the Olympic Medical Institute and Technical Consultant to optima-life, said: “While heart rate monitoring is fairly standard in elite sport, the Vital Jacket takes it to the next level by providing ECG data. The t-shirt can be worn in training and data can be reviewed retrospectively.”

“Now you can test athletes in the performance arena,” he added. “Vital Jacket allows for a much closer look at the heart and how it is functioning.”

For more information, visit www.vitaljacket.com

Olympus launches biliary stent

Olympus Medical Systems Corporation has launched a biliary metallic stent featuring exceptional anatomic conformability.

The X-Suit NIR device was developed by Olympus in collaboration with Israeli company Medinol Ltd. It has been launched in Europe and parts of Asia, with US release to follow this month.

The President of Olympus Medical Systems Corporation, Haruhito Morishima, said the new metallic stent was “an essential component of endoscopic treatment for biliary duct lesions. The product offers both excellent radial force and flexibility, which are crucial requirements for the stents.”

The X-Suit NIR is a metallic mesh tube that is placed for dilating a stenosis within a bile duct. Its design, with alternating narrow strut rings and wide strut rings, gives the stent superior radial force and high flexibility. This enables the stent to fit any bile duct without buckling, and reduces the risk of restenosis.

The delivery catheter’s optimal tapering shape and hard distal tip facilitates insertion into the papilla and passage through a stenosis in a bile duct. The intermediate tube minimises variations in the inner diameter when the catheter is bent, allowing deployment at a consistent force.

For more information, visit www.olympus.co.uk

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Roche’s Accu-Chek Inform II blood glucose monitoring system, the world’s first hospital blood glucose meter with wireless capability, is now available to UK hospitals. It ensures rapid transmission of patient results and quality control data onto the HIS without transcription and with realtime verification. Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport is the first European site to adopt this system.

OrSense Ltd has received CE Mark approval for its non-invasive blood monitoring device. The NBM- 200MP is a sensor for haemoglobin, blood oximetry and pulse rate measurements. The ring-shaped sensor is fitted on the patient’s finger and applies a gentle pressure, while optical elements measure the light transmitted through the finger. This method is quick, accurate, painless and without infection risk.

Siemens Healthcare has supplied Fitzpatrick Referrals, a specialist practice for domestic pets, with an MRI scanner. The Magnetom Symphony MRI system provides high-resolution images of bone, spine, brain and soft tissues in order to diagnose both chronic problems (such as slipped discs) and acute ones (such as tumours). Small animals can now be given a high-quality scan within a day.

B. Braun Medical’s safety cannula has been used at Manchester Royal Infirmary to reduce the incidence of needlestick injuries to staff. The hospital’s A&E department has eradicated cannula-related needlestick injuries (formerly occurring around 19 times per year) with the adoption of the safety cannula, which features a self-activating safety clip to shield the needle’s point when it is retracted from a vein.

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