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Apps bring Medical Help Fast before Cardiac Arrest can Kill You

In CPR, Medical Technology by Paul MartinLeave a Comment

In an effort to bring help when it is needed most, there are applications to bring help when you witness a cardiac arrest. In the UK, the London Ambulance Service has started using an app called GoodSAM. In the US, there’s a similar system called PulsePoint. In Stockholm, Sweden, an app called SMS-Lifesavers has been running since 2010. In Sweden, …

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The Virtual Autopsy

In In Memoriam, Med School, Medical Technology, ProTrainings, Research by Elizabeth Shaw6 Comments

For those who view postmortems for suspect-conviction purposes, an autopsy is a fundamental means in investigating an unexplained death. A team at the university of Zurich, Switzerland are pioneering a new way of performing autopsies. It’s known as a digital postmortem, or virtopsy. Although this is an exciting development, there are no plans to do away with the material scalpel …

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High School Student develops Nanotechnology that Kills Cancer Cells

In Cancer, Medical Technology, Research by Paul MartinLeave a Comment

Today I learned about another great advance in medical technology.  This one could be another very important step toward the eradication of cancer, and it was developed by a high school student.  Nanotechnology has helped 17-year-old Angela Zhang to develop what one fellow researcher’s calling the “Swiss Army knife of cancer treatment,” as her gold and iron-oxide nanoparticle does double …

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Can a Machine perform CPR better than a Human?

In Medical Technology by Paul Martin5 Comments

Over the last few years, I have seen a number of stories about machines that can perform CPR.  Personally, they kind of scare me.  I think of all the things that can potentially go wrong with a machine performing chest compressions, and the time that it could take to get it set up for proper depth of chest and in …

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Amputee Patrick demonstrates his new Bionic Hand

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Last year, Patrick, a 24-year-old Austrian, decided to have his dysfunctional hand amputated and replaced with a bionic hand. He lost the use of his left hand after being electrocuted at work. Here he demonstrates the extra movement his new bionic hand has given him, opening a bottle and tying his shoelaces, and tests a prototype hand which will give …

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Hi-Tech Nurses use Digi-Pens for Data Entry to Patient Records

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Hi-tech nurses in Portsmouth’s hospitals have ditched traditional notepad and pens for an electronic alternative – saving the NHS £220,000 ($330,000 USD) a year. The digital notation devices communicate wirelessly with hospital records through a BlackBerry smartphone.  This enables the nurses and midwives to store patient information remotely and securely, transferring data almost instantly. The Portsmouth NHS Trust believes its …

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Wii Balance Board performs as well as $18,000 Medical Device

In Medical Technology, Wii by Paul MartinLeave a Comment

Looking to get a balance platform for your clinic?  You might find yourself paying about $18,000 for the medical device.  A study was recently published in the medical journal Gait & Posture showing that the $99 Wii Balance Board is “clinically comparable” to the medical devices. When doctors disassembled the board, they found the accelerometers and strain gauges to be …