Intuitive Cleared in EU for Its New, More Budget Friendly da Vinci X Robotic Surgical System

Intuitive Surgical, makers of the famous da Vinci line of robotic-assisted surgical platforms, just announced receiving European regulatory approval to introduce its new da Vinci X surgical system. The system is designed for customers that can’t afford the hefty price tag of more expensive da Vinci robots while offering many of the same capabilities as those products. The console that the surgeon uses to manipulate the robot stays the same, as well as the display cart which nearby clinicians use to monitor the procedure. Similar to the da Vinci Si system, the da Vinci X has its robotic arms mounted on a side cart, while the arms are based on the lower profile and longer reach of the da Vinci Xi. Also, like the da Vinci Xi, the da Vinci X has laser and voice guidance features for quick preparation before a procedure. Unlike the da Vinci Xi, though, this product is not ideal for multi-quadrant surgeries and does not not have Integrated Table Motion capability. Devices such as staplers, firefly, and vessel sealers are still available on the da Vinci X and all the support, services, and training offered by Intuitive Surgical apply to this more budget friendly offering. The da Vinci X still requires FDA clearance and so is not yet available in the U.S. More from the announcement: The da Vinci X System enables optimized, focused-quadrant surgery including for procedures like prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy, hernia repair, benign hysterectomy and sacrocolpopexy, among others. The System features flexible port placement and state-of-the-art 3D digital optics, while incorporating the same advanced instruments and accessories as Intuitive’s flagship system. The new system drives...

Hill-Rom’s New Monarch Battery Powered Airway Clearance System

A number of conditions can cause fluid and mucus to build up in the lungs, causing difficulty breathing and leading to serious complications. Patients with cystic fibrosis are particularly affected, and caretakers have been helping to perform chest physical therapy (CPT) techniques for decades to help dislodge the mucus plugs and excess of secretions from the lungs. These include drumming with palms around the sternum and vibrating the patient, something that can require a proper technique and that gets tiring after a few minutes. Hill-Rom is releasing its new Monarch airway clearance system, a powered vest that delivers high frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) therapy to patients requiring regular treatments. It has eight so called “pulmonary oscillating discs” that generate chest movements that help to move mucus out of the lungs. The device is battery powered, so can be worn almost anywhere while receiving therapy. This is unlike most other HFCWO products that are powered by an external generator that the vest has to be physically tethered to. Interestingly, the Monarch has cellular and WiFi connectivity built-in, allowing it to dump data about its usage to Hill-Rom’s VisiView Health Portal. From there, therapists and caretakers can review the numbers and adjust the treatment as necessary. The vest comes in a variety of styles and is available to patients 15 years and older. Product page: Monarch Airway Clearance System… Via:...

Edwards HemoSphere Hemodynamic Monitoring System Cleared by FDA

Edwards Lifesciences won FDA clearance for its HemoSphere hemodynamics monitoring system. It works with the Swan-Ganz pulmonary artery catheters that can provide flow, pressure and global indicator of oxygen saturation (CCO, RVEF, RVEDV, SVO2), and the Edwards oximetry central venous catheter that in addition to those can continuously monitor central venous oxygen saturation (ScvO2). A touchscreen monitor is used to control the device, which also displays all the readouts. There’s a bunch of choices available as to what to display, depending on the patient being taken care of. There’s live “cockpit style,” tabular, and graph displays that provide their own unique views that can also be mixed together on one screen. The system has already been approved for sale in Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Product page: HemoSphere… Via: Edwards...

AXESS Sedation Mask Hopes to Improve Comfort, Delivery of Gases

Accutron, part of Crosstex International, itself part of Cantel Medical based in Hauppauge, NY, recently unveiled its new AXESS nitrous oxide/oxygen nasal sedation mask. The device is designed to optimize comfort, minimize anxiety particularly in children, reduce opportunities for displacement, and allow for easy access to the mouth for dental and orthodontic procedures. It’s lightweight and stays out of the way of the eyes, as well as the nostrils as it doesn’t have any protruding nipples within its interior. It works with a reusable scavenging circuit that sucks up unused gas and recycles it automatically without blowing toward the clinical staff. The scavenging circuit can and should be processed after each use using steam sterilization. It’s available in three sizes, the smallest being for kids that has the option of having a bubble gum or mint scent. Product page: Axess Low Profile Nasal Mask… Source press...

3 US Inventors Named 2017 European Inventor Award Finalists

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced its finalists for the 2017 European Inventor Award in the categories of Industry, Research, Non-EPO Countries, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, and Lifetime Achievement. The Award, begun in 2006, aims to pay “tribute to the creativity of inventors the world over, who use their technical, scientific and intellectual skills to make a real contribution to technological progress and economic growth and so improve people’s daily lives.” While any member of the public can nominate someone for the award, the EPO and an international jury evaluate submissions based on technical originality as well as economic and social impact. The Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Venice, Italy on June 15th. This year, three inventors from the United States were honored as finalists in the Non-EPO Countries category of the competition: Dr. James G. Fujimoto, Eric A. Swanson, and Dr. Waleed Hassanein. Robert Huber Dr. Fujimoto and Swanson are being honored together along with German Physicist Robert Huber for the development of optical coherence tomography (OCT). First prototyped in 1993, James G. Fujimoto and Eric A. Swanson OCT was the first medical imaging technique that allowed visualization of soft tissues in real-time with microscopic detail. Originally developed at MIT by Dr. Fujimoto and Swanson in order to diagnose glaucoma, the technology quickly expanded to cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and dermatological applications. Dr. Fujimoto is currently a professor at MIT while Swanson received his MS from MIT in 1984; both have received numerous awards and recognition for their pioneering work on OCT. Dr. Huber brought advances in imaging speed to cardiovascular OCT and joined the team at MIT from 2003 to 2005. He...