The Endoskeleton TCS, Titan Spine's seventh interbody device in its titanium spinal implant product line, has obtained 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The device, which has a surface technology that triggers osteogenic response to the topography of the implant, is intended for the cervical spine with integrated fixation.
The FDA has given C4 Imaging 510(k) clearance to market the Sirius MRI marker. The technology is designed to support prostate seed localization via a single post-implant MRI procedure in prostate cancer patients who have received brachytherapy.
Electronic health records can be used to help evaluate patients for ICU admission, predict risk of death and better allocate critical care resources, according to University of Michigan researchers writing in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Lena Chen said targeted incentives for meaningful use of HIT are needed to get more hospitals to use EHRs to make informed decisions about ICU admission.
Hutchinson Technology demonstrated its InSpectra StO2 tissue oxygenation monitor at the SCCM annual meeting, and it could be a predictive prehospital tool for first responders, according to Mike McEvoy, an EMS coordinator who also teaches critical care medicine at Albany Medical College in New York. He says that the InSpectra tool is lightweight and portable and that measuring tissue microcirculation saturation is a good way to predict shock.
The American Academy of Family Physicians called for public and private sector policies that support primary care medicine and increase the number of family physicians. The AAFP said medical schools should better support primary care physicians through all levels of their training.