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Hospital Medical Equipment Inventions of the 1960's

There have been many great advances in hospital medical equipment over the last century, but most of us take them for granted. The scientific community has graced us with some revolutionary pieces of hospital medical equipment that have saved many lives and generally helped people live longer and better. And many of the new pieces of hospital medical equipment that have been introduced have opened the door for even more equipment inventions. Consider the following simple pieces of equipment that are now taken for granted, which did not even exist before the 1960s.

The laser scalpel is still a pretty impressive piece of hospital medical equipment, but it is used in so many different procedures that it is no longer appreciated as the delicate and precise technological wonder it is. Laser scalpels were not invented until 1964, thanks to testing beginning in 1960 that eventually led to the carbon dioxide laser. Portable defibrillators were also introduced in 1960 in Belfast, Germany. They are now about as common as first aid kits. Ultrasound machines were developed around the same time, in 1962 to be exact, although they are not quite as easily portable.

The early 1960s were really quite a time for hospital medical equipment inventions. Balloon catheters were invented by Thomas Fogarty in 1963. Fogarty patented the first balloon catheter that became the industry standard for continuous draining of the bladder, which is crucial during surgery. And the first portable EKG, or electrocardiogram, was built in 1961 by Frank Sanborn's company. Although EKGs were already an accepted piece of hospital medical equipment, they had never been portable prior to that.

These equipments are now taken for granted in hospitals and other medical care settings, but life wouldn't be the same without them. It's a good thing about living today.

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2 weeks ago

Raw Data: Hans Blix's Report to the U.N.

The following is the text of UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix's report to the United Nations on Jan. 27, 2003:

The resolution adopted by the Security Council on Iraq in November last year asks UNMOVIC and the IAEA to "update" the Council 60 days after the resumption of inspections. This is today. The updating, it seems, forms part of an assessment by the Council and its Members of the results, so far, of the inspections and of their role as a means to achieve verifiable disarmament in Iraq.

As this is an open meeting of the Council, it may be appropriate briefly to provide some background for a better understanding of where we stand today.

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2 weeks ago

Medicare beneficiary satisfaction with durable medical equipment suppliers.


Medicare's Part B benefit provides coverage for DME and

prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (POS). Part B covers a wide range

of DME for use in the home, including oxygen equipment and supplies,

hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, and renal dialysis machines. The

coverage for POS, in both home and nursing home settings, includes

enteral nutrition therapy, urological supplies, surgical dressings, and

devices such as hand braces and artificial limbs. DMEPOS benefits are

especially important to sick and disabled Medicare beneficiaries,

allowing them to avoid institutionalization, live more mobile and


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2 weeks ago

ResMed withdraws U.S. trade complaint against Fisher & Paykel Healthcare| Reuters

WELLINGTON Health appliance firm ResMed Inc has dropped a complaint against New Zealand's Fisher & Paykel Healthcare at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), Fisher & Paykel said on Wednesday.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare's shares rose as much as 4.8 percent after the announcement.

ResMed lodged its complaint with the USITC last August, after filing court proceedings in multiple countries, asking the trade body to investigate and stop Fisher & Paykel importing its sleep masks into the United States.

California-headquartered ResMed says the New Zealand firm's masks, designed to treat sleep apnoea, violate its patented technology.

In a statement to the New Zealand stock exchange, Fisher & Paykel said ResMed would keep pursuing legal action against it in a U.S. District Court as well as in Germany and New Zealand.

The USITC is an independent U.S. government agency that can order actions against unfair trade practices, such as banning imports.

ResMed could request another investigation and Fisher & Paykel said Resmed had indicated it might file another complaint.

Fisher & Paykel said last December a German court had overturned preliminary injunctions granted to ResMed in that country.

(Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Richard Pullin)

3 weeks ago

Medical Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a weak acid with strong oxidizing properties. It is water with one extra oxygen molecule, hence is very similar to water in appearance, chemical formula, and reaction products. It is extremely dangerous in concentrated form, but uniquely useful in diluted form. It is stable at room temperature. It is also a powerful bleaching agent, and is used for whitening paper. Hydrogen peroxide is widely administered as an antiseptic, as a disinfectant, as an oxidizer, and in monopropellant and bipropellant systems. Its use is both effective and safe.


Rain and snow contain hydrogen peroxide. Plants synthesize it during photosynthesis; so all fresh veg

3 weeks ago

Medical Errors Linked to 20 Minn. Deaths

Twenty patients died in Minnesota hospitals during a 15-month period because of medical errors (search) or oversights including falls, faulty medical equipment and administering the wrong medication, the state Health Department said in a new report.

The report, released Wednesday, documented 99 serious errors between July 1, 2003 and Oct. 6, 2004. Minnesota is the first state to report its mistakes under standards developed by the National Quality Forum (search), a Washington-based nonprofit. New Jersey and Connecticut also adopted the standards, which are being considered elsewhere.

Minnesota's most common problem -- not resulting in death or disability -- was doctors forgetting foreign objects such as surgical sponges inside patients at the end of operations. That happened 31 times.

St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth reported the most deaths due to medical errors, with four. The causes were a fall, a medication error, a malfunctioning medical device and a burn.

Three patients died after medical errors in Mayo Clinic facilities in Rochester and Mankato, including two who received incorrect medications and one apparently healthy patient who died after an operation.

In a 1999 report, the Institute of Medicine (search) estimated that 44,000 to 98,000 Americans die annually because of medical mistakes. Since then, 22 states have adopted laws requiring hospitals to report serious mistakes, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy (search).

The National Quality Forum, which sets voluntary hospital standards, developed a list of 27 mistakes such as amputating the wrong limb or sending a baby home with the wrong family. They've been dubbed "never" mistakes because they're so serious they're never supposed to happen.

It is those 27 mistakes that Minnesota hospitals reported Wednesday.

Health Commissioner Dianne Mandernach said collecting and publishing data on medical errors will improve safety for hospital patients in the Medical Equipment Suppliers long run.

"The true value of our new reporting system lies not in the numbers but in the underlying evaluation of the causes of the errors and the actions that are taken to prevent them from ever occurring in the future," Mandernach said at a news conference.