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Beware: Airport Security Could Damage Diabetes Insulin Devices


13 November, 2012 | CT Scanner, imaging equipment, intensive care, medical device, medical equipment, MedWOW, MRI, News, X-ray

A warning published in the journal ‘Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics’ has diabetics and doctors concerned about the dangers of air travel with diabetic medical devices. According to the article, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors could be adversely affected by airport security magnetic x-ray. This refers to x-ray machines used to scan luggage and travelers. [...]

ECG Paramedic Instruction Saves Lives


26 August, 2012 | Cardiology Equipment, Emergency Equipment, intensive care, medical equipment, Pacemakers

In cases of severe heart attack such as STEMI (ST- segment elevation myocardial infarction), delay in restoring blood flow directly impacts the patient’s medical outcome. An audit in 2005 conducted by Canadian hospitals in the province of Manitoba, reviewed ambulatory procedures for cardiac patients. The audit revealed that only 14% of patients received blood clot [...]

Mechanical Ventilators


17 April, 2012 | intensive care

Ever since the introduction of the Iron Lung in treating polio victims, mechanical ventilators have kept patients alive during times of respiratory failure. Mechanical ventilators are found in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where they are used to support respiratory function in patients with respiratory failure. Today’s hospitals utilize positive pressure ventilators that deliver a [...]

Common Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Monitors


22 March, 2012 | intensive care, Surgery Equipment

Intensive care units (ICU) employ a variety of different monitoring techniques in patient care. Monitoring equipment is used in ICUs when care demands more accurate monitoring than bedside physical examination. Equipment can be tailored to monitor a variety of vital signs on a patient, such as, cardiac, pulmonary, hemodynamic, or volume status. Monitors can also [...]