7. ThermoSuit Body-Cooling System by Life Recovery Systems
When the difference between recovery and
death means minutes, as it usually does in stroke, cardiac arrest, or
heart attach victims, it is necessary to keep the patient's body
temperature down... way down. Most hospitals have some protocol for
body cooling, but the Thermosuit System has proven
to be the fastest way to lower body temperature; the quicker you reduce
body temperature the quicker you prevent brain damage. Like a plastic
bag, the ThermoSuit
surrounds the body with ice water that keeps recyling through the
system to re-chill. Core body temperature falls to about 90 degrees F,
or 33 degrees Celsius, in 10 to 30 minutes.
8. S3™ Medical/Surgery Bed by Styker®
In the interest of creating a more secure hospital bed as well as greater ergonomic comfort for the patient, the new S3
offers one-hand operation of siderails, a center mounted brake system,
and easy access controls. The S3 can monitor patient positions
remotely to avert potential danger to the patient. The design of the
bed reduces the assistant's efforts in turning or moving the patient as
9. INRatio2 Blood Coagulation Monitor by Hemosense, Inverness Medical
latest version of the INRatio is a do-it-yourself blood coagulation
monitor for those with thrombotic disorders, such as damage from heart
attack, mechanical heart valves, or atrial fibrillation. Because
anticoagulant medications can vary in their effectiveness depending on
patient circumstances (diet, alchohol intake, illness, etc.),
medication levels may need to be changed periodically. The INRatio2 is
a medical device that a patient can use at home by placing a drop of
blood on the InRatioTest Strip and placing the strip into the monitor.
Results are obtained in PT (prothrombin time) and INR (International
Normalized Ratio) within a minute.
This INRatio2 obviates the need for frequent doctor visits and puts more control in the patient's own hands.
10. Merlin.net Patient Care Network By St. Jude Medical Inc.
is a Patient Care Network (PCN), an Internet-based remote care system
that stores information about patient implants, and collects regular
information by telemetry transmissions from implanted medical devices
when patients are at home. This is a way for physicians to monitor
their patients spontaneously, as well as to insure the implants are
performing the way they should. The system can also be set to alert the
physician to any irregularities in performance of the implants. One
aspect of the system is Housecall Plus™, which enables patient
initiated data transmission to the physician.
will announce the gold and silver winners in each device category on
June 10, 2009 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East
2009 Conference and Exposition in NYC. To see the complete list of 32
finalists, please visit Medical Design Excellence Awards.
sources: Medical Design Excellence Awards and product websites linked above.