Monthly Archives: December 2014

Ebola and the medical device industry

In the past, the Ebola virus has proven to be incurable. No single treatment has proven itself effective against the virus, it has been known to claim the lives of half of those who are infected. The person-to-person transmitted virus has previously touched remote villages or tropical rainforest regions, but the most recent outbreak in Sierra Leone, Giunea and Liberia has grabbed hold of more densely populated cities. With this close proximity to more people, the virus has spread rapidly and claimed over 6,000 lives in those three West African nations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Previously, the only supportive care available has been to rehydrate. While this does improve survival rates, there still aren’t any licensed treatments or vaccinations; great strides have been made, however, in understanding the virus and controlling it. A Ugandan Ebola patient being cared for in Germany was treated with a new device that may have helped the patient. He underwent therapy from an Aethlon Hemopurifier, a device that filters virus particles and other detrimental cell products from the infected individual’s blood.

The company, Aethlon, claims that the Hemopurifier targets the rapid elimination of viruses and immunosuppressive proteins from the circulatory system of infected individuals. There may be something to this method, too, because the patient in Germany was suffering from multiple organ failures and started on the road to recovery only after receiving treatment with this device.

While this device is still working its way through trials, it shows how amazing innovative devices can be. There are other medical devices that have helped to monitor patients vitals such as their temperature with no-touch devices that keep medical workers safe, such as the non-contact thermometer. There may be even more innovations on the horizon.

3D printing in the medical device industry

3D printers have been used to create everything from games and toys to robots and clothing. If you can dream it, 3D printers can print it. These amazing devices have inched their way into the medical world and have left quite the impact. When it comes to medical applications, there are a few extra steps to follow, like pre-clinical research and trials, but once the final stage is achieved the benefits could be profound.

From amazing feats of skin cell printing on burn victims, to false teeth and the printing of body parts, these devices have made many new products for the medical world in a short amount of time. These devices can work with precise measurements to make the finished product much more accurate and far less likely to fail.

But in the medical world, one of the uses that doctors will come into contact with most frequently is the creation of medical devices. While there is no shortage of medical devices in the field, the complexity makes each one time consuming and expensive to create. The dental and medical market for 3D printers is expected to expand by 365%, according to according to IDTechEx analysts. With 3D printing at their side, medicine companies can create customized medical devices with such speed, precision and accuracy that they will never want to go back to the old way.

The medical industry is not a stranger to cutting-edge technology. Most doctors have quickly accepted the idea of 3D printers producing new devices that they would house in their hospitals and offices. Where do you stand on using 3D printers in the medical world?

If you want to stick with conventionally manufactured devices, browse Medical Device Depot‘s selection to find the items necessary for your office today.

3 Frightening Medical Devices You Won’t Believe Existed

In the current age of medical enlightenment, people around the globe have access to expert care at a moment’s notice. Patients can drive a few minutes to urgent care or the nearest hospital, or call an ambulance that’s sure to respond quickly. And when they arrive at the doctor’s office, we can be certain the latest medical advancements are at their disposal: Cutting-edge techniques to reduce pain, and precise instruments to make our visit efficient and effective.

Great doctors over the years have universally had premium patient care in mind, but they haven’t always had access to the medical devices needed to do the job. Take a look at a few:

  1. Tonsil Guillotine. Open wide! Before antibiotics, infections could often lead to death. This vintage medical device slipped down the patient’s throat, then speared and snipped the troublesome tonsils.  
  2. Dental Key. Stress ball needed! Before dental equipment and data caught up with patient needs, this archaic device was used to clamp a painful molar and wrench it free, roots and all.
  3. Osteotome. Not exactly cutting edge! Used for trepanning, or relieving under-the-surface pressure after a cranial injury. Doctors of old used this mini chainsaw to treat brain trauma; today, the tool has been updated (to put it mildly) to help relieve pressure under a fingernail or toenail.

Thankfully, there’s no need for those scary tools nowadays. In fact, you can find every modern device you need for your office, from furniture and lighting to surgical instruments and AEDs at Medical Device Depot.