SNMMI publishes appropriate use criteria for V/Q imaging in pulmonary embolism
(Society of Nuclear Medicine) The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging has published appropriate use criteria for ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) imaging in pulmonary embolism. This is the second in a series of new AUC developed by SNMMI in its role as a qualified provider-led entity under the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria program for advanced diagnostic imaging. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Pumpless Extracorporeal Support of the Preterm Infant: Bridging Fetal and Postnatal Physiology
Preterm birth is a major cause of neonatal mortality and childhood morbidity and remains an unsolved clinical challenge despite advances in neonatal care. The preterm infant needs to be supported in an extracorporeal system physiologically analogous to the sterile fluid intrauterine environment. This would support ongoing growth and organ maturation with the potential to substantially improve survival and reduce morbidity. A physiologic system would require the ability to achieve gas exchange via the umbilical circulation, with the fetal heart acting as the pump that drives circuit flow. Previous efforts at developing such...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - May 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Partridge, E. A., Davey, M. G., Hornick, M. A., Flake, A. W. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Recomendaciones del VI Consenso Clinico de SIBEN para la Hipertension Pulmonar Persistente del Recien Nacido
This article summarizes the recommendations of the 6th Clinical Consensus on Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn of the Ibero-American Society of Neonatology (SIBEN). It describes the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment (including maintaining the optimal oxygenation, alveolar ventilation, optimal perfusion, and use of pulmonary vasodilators, such as inhaled nitric oxide and sildenafil, as well as emerging therapies). It ends with a summary of the SIBEN consensus clinical recommendations, as a practical way to keep improving the care of our newborns. Resumen La hipertensión pulmonar persistente del...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - May 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Golombek, S., Sola, A., Lemus, L., y Miembros del Consenso de SIBEN Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

LimFlow wins FDA IDE to launch end-stage CLI treatment trial
LimFlow said today it won FDA investigational device exemption to launch a feasibility study of its LimFlow percutaneous deep vein arterialization system in patients with end-stage critical limb ischemia. The company said that the study will examine the use of its system in treating CLI patients facing major amputations. The system is designed to bypass blocked arteries in the leg and rush oxygenated blood back into the foot. LimFlow said that for many patients, restoring perfusion in the lower limbs can resolve chronic pain, improve quality of life, promote wound healing and prevent major amputations. “There are fa...
Source: Mass Device - April 26, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Vascular LimFlow Source Type: news

GE Healthcare, Lantheus ink PET imaging agent development deal
GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) and Lantheus Holdings(NSDQ:LNTH) said today they inked a definitive license agreement to continue the Phase III development and commercialization of the investigational flurpiridaz F 18 imaging agent. The imaging agent is designed as a positron emission tomography myocardial perfusion imaging agent that the companies say may improve the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. The deal follows the inking of a term sheet announced in February, the companies said. “We are committed to strengthening and expanding our nuclear portfolio through this strategic partnership with Lantheus and potentially...
Source: Mass Device - April 25, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Imaging Research & Development GE Healthcare Lantheus Medical Imaging Source Type: news

J & J ’ s Ethicon wins FDA nod for Echelon circular stapler
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary Ethicon said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Echelon circular powered stapler. The company touted new features of the recently cleared stapler, saying it was designed to reduce anastomotic complications during colorectal, gastric and thoracic cancer surgeries. “Ethicon is committed to reducing complications, which have a significant impact on healthcare costs and patient outcomes. The Echelon Circular Powered Stapler addresses these challenges by combining powered firing with 2 staple forming innovations that reduce leaks without compromising perfusion,” gl...
Source: Mass Device - April 19, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Surgical Ethicon Johnson & Johnson Source Type: news

Accuracy of the ABI for Assessing Heel Pressure Injuries Accuracy of the ABI for Assessing Heel Pressure Injuries
Does the ankle-brachial index provide accurate and reliable information about perfusion in patients with heel pressure injuries?Wounds (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 10, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Trauma & Triage Geriatric Teaching Moments from A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P – JEMS Editor-in-Chief relative to the Texas Church Mini Bus Crash that Killed 13 Senior Citizens
When 13 senior citizens were killed in a horrible head-on collision between a San Antonio church mini bus and a pickup truck in southwest Texas, the AP story noted that the elderly occupants “were more susceptible to internal injuries and damage to vulnerable organs because of their advanced ages.” (see below as presented by the Associated Press). As an educator who spends a lot of time educating crews about the unique impact trauma can have on geriatric patients, I thought I would take the opportunity to present a few important facts about geriatric trauma and assessment tips to remember when you are tasked with triag...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Major Incidents News Category Orientation Patient Care Source Type: news

Trauma & Triage Geriatric Teaching Moments from A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P – JEMS Editor-in-Chief relative to the Texas Church Mini Bus Crash that Killed 13 Senior Citizens
When 13 senior citizens were killed in a horrible head-on collision between a San Antonio church mini bus and a pickup truck in southwest Texas, the AP story noted that the elderly occupants “were more susceptible to internal injuries and damage to vulnerable organs because of their advanced ages.” (see below as presented by the Associated Press). As an educator who spends a lot of time educating crews about the unique impact trauma can have on geriatric patients, I thought I would take the opportunity to present a few important facts about geriatric trauma and assessment tips to remember when you are tasked with triag...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Major Incidents News Category Orientation Patient Care Source Type: news

Trauma & Triage Geriatric Teaching Moments from A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P – JEMS Editor-in-Chief relative to the Texas Church Mini Bus Crash that Killed 13 Senior Citizens
When 13 senior citizens were killed in a horrible head-on collision between a San Antonio church mini bus and a pickup truck in southwest Texas, the AP story noted that the elderly occupants “were more susceptible to internal injuries and damage to vulnerable organs because of their advanced ages.” (see below as presented by the Associated Press). As an educator who spends a lot of time educating crews about the unique impact trauma can have on geriatric patients, I thought I would take the opportunity to present a few important facts about geriatric trauma and assessment tips to remember when you are tasked with triag...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Major Incidents News Patient Care Source Type: news

Trauma & Triage Geriatric Teaching Moments from A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P – JEMS Editor-in-Chief relative to the Texas Church Mini Bus Crash that Killed 13 Senior Citizens
When 13 senior citizens were killed in a horrible head-on collision between a San Antonio church mini bus and a pickup truck in southwest Texas, the AP story noted that the elderly occupants “were more susceptible to internal injuries and damage to vulnerable organs because of their advanced ages.” (see below as presented by the Associated Press). As an educator who spends a lot of time educating crews about the unique impact trauma can have on geriatric patients, I thought I would take the opportunity to present a few important facts about geriatric trauma and assessment tips to remember when you are tasked with triag...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Major Incidents News Patient Care Source Type: news

Role of imaging modalities is changing for PE diagnosis
The use of ventilation/perfusion SPECT scans to rule out pulmonary embolism...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Video from ECR 2017: Dr. Martine Rémy-Jardin on pulmonary embolism Ultrasound elevates diagnosis of pulmonary embolism Triple rule-out CT offers one-stop shop for chest pain Can ultrasound for deep vein thrombosis cause a PE? Societies issue imaging guidelines for chest pain (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 31, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Tomographic imaging advances considered good yet can lead to overdiagnosis in PE patients
(American Roentgen Ray Society) Although advances in tomographic imaging have improved the sensitivity of ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scans for pulmonary embolism (PE), they may lead to overdiagnosis by revealing small and clinically insignificant PEs, according to a state-of-the-art review published in the March 2017 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Simple Tool Predicts Target Mismatch in Ischemic Stroke Simple Tool Predicts Target Mismatch in Ischemic Stroke
The formula, using basic stroke severity indicators, could help in decision making on patient transfer when perfusion imaging is not available.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 17, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Noninvasive CT Tests May Help Predict Cardiovascular Events Noninvasive CT Tests May Help Predict Cardiovascular Events
CT angiography combined with CT myocardial stress perfusion imaging may be as helpful as an invasive approach in predicting which patients will have a heart attack, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - March 17, 2017 Category: Radiology Tags: News Source Type: news