Singing the Praises of Unsung Devices
Great medical advances don’t have to be sexy
By Dave Saunders, vP Product Development, Corocent Medical
There’s a reason why a bionic contact lens gets top billing in the medical news.
It’s cool. you want them. I want them, too.
I’m always glad to see medical device innovation
swinging for the fences, but not every medical device
needs to be replaced with a cybernetic, super-en-hanced, whizbang, state-of-the-art-engineered gadget.
Not everyone needs a new app-enabled wearable or a
robot surgeon for their medical care. Today, millions
of people benefit every day from simple advances in
medical devices which may not be as sexy as a surgical
robot that can carve a replica of Michelangelo’s David
into the end of your femur, but still bring huge benefits
to the medical industry, from patient to practitioner.
Here’s just a sample of devices doctors and nurses have
mentioned as their favorite new advances to come
onto the scene.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO)
tens of thousands of people are infected with disease
through unintentional needle use every year. One of
the biggest culprits when it comes to unintended needle use is that practitioners sometimes stick themselves
with needles immediately after using them on patients.
Even if the patient is believed to not be a carrier of the
disease, the practitioner is benched for six months un-
til blood tests prove they are without disease. Consider
that cost. This is why the WHO is promoting the use of
safety needles which automatically shield themselves
after their first use. The safety needle is more expensive
than the standard hypodermic needle (about five cents
versus two cents), but the advantages that it offers in
safety and efficacy far outweigh the expense of an in-
dividual needle, or of medical pros contracting disease
or being sidelined
There are several variations of the safety needle avail-
able today, but none of them require advanced com-
puter technologies or access to big data to operate. By
providing simple and easy-to-use accessories to the
standard hypodermic needle, patients and practitio-
ners enjoy a better standard of care around the globe.
Medicine is prescribed and dispensed day in and day
out at every hospital. Incorrectly administering drugs
has disastrous effects. With the number of people
moving through the medical system and the amount
of prescriptions tendered, even a small percentage of
error translates into big numbers of people affected.
The simple solution is using one of the new automated medicine dispensing systems. These require \
the patient be scanned for positive identification. The
prescription is verified and can be checked against
other known medications to help ensure a potential
interaction isn’t about to occur and the patient record