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Current Interview: New Medical Devices Regulation
The current revision of the Medical Devices Regulation in Brussels will not please everyone. The rearrangement is too confusing, the rules are far too complicated for everyday work, the persons concerned say. The real goal, to improve the patients safety, would not be reached.New Medical Devices Regulation: "The way things currently look, red tape will increase even more"
Interview: Cognitive Rehabilitation
Brain damage is able to cause severe cognitive dysfunctions that heavily limit patients in everyday life. Until now, rehabilitation measures are not always successful since they let patients only train lost abilities through abstract tasks. But tasks that are as lifelike and as realistic as possible are much more promising in comparison.Virtual Reality: “We try to be as immersive as possible with our device”
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord injuries are dangerous and often end in paraplegia. The severed nerve connections between the brain and musculoskeletal system lead to paralysis and thus restrict many patients. Current treatment options are limited to surgical intervention and subsequent rehabilitation.Spinal Cord Stimulation: “We were able to restore motor function in paraplegic rats”
Starting from the trachea, the human lung branches out into about 300 million lung alveoli. How air flows within these tiny structures cannot be measured. A computer model simulating the lung now aims to deliver new insights, because it can be life threatening to a patient if incorrect ventilation damages the lung.Artificial Respiration: “What really happens deep inside the lung is not well known”
RFID in Medical Technology
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is a technology that labels objects and merchandise in everyday life and that is able to automatically identify them via radio communication. The lesser-known use of this technology is in medical technology, for instance for improving blood and equipment management or for indicating patient pathways.RFID: "The technology is able to support many processes concerning patients"
It is like a scene from a Hollywood movie: a man with a pacemaker collapses in broad daylight. The reason: malicious software installed onto his cardiac pacemaker that made his heart stop beating.Cipher Protection: ”Implants are being developed that are meant to communicate with their surroundings“
They are fine, highly stable and have the size of less than one micrometer. Scientists have recently developed a new method by which they can produce this new kind of microsieves. Due to their improved features, they can stop bacteria and fungi and are also used in medical technology. COMPAMED.de asked Professor Werner Goedel of the Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany, to explain the use of these Microsieves and their production.Microstrainers: ”The advantages become apparent, if there are no filter cake deposits during filtration“
Tracking magnetic particles through the human body – this is one potential application for a new sensor that was developed by Professor Franz Faupel and his team at the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel (CAU) in Germany. In a conversation with the project manager, COMPAMED.de found out what makes it different from other sensors and what benefits it can have for medical technology.Miniature Sensors: ”It can be used for many different applications“
Hospital Information Systems
The implementation of IT in hospitals simplifies many processes and makes them less expensive. In order to implement a hospital information system successfully, however, you have to overcome a lot of obstacles: medical processes must be adapted to IT and medical personnel has to be trained adequately.Hospital Information Systems: "IT follows process"