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An ocean away: Care for laryngeal cleft brings Clara to Boston
My husband, Duncan, and I were living in London, England, when Clara was born. Although my pregnancy had started out like any other, I later developed severe polyhydramnios, an accumulation of amniotic fluid that can sometimes indicate the presence of certain congenital issues. After I delivered, it became clear that Clara had a congenital condition called esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF). This condition meant that her esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach) hadn’t developed properly and didn’t connect to her stomach, but that her esophagus and windpipe wer...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 11, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Natascha Kiernan Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Airway Disorders Dr. Reza Rahbar laryngeal cleft Source Type: news

Clinical Trial Saves Baby ’s Lungs
Treatment TermsChildren's health CategoriesClinical trialsFamily health TagsPatient story Sub-Title Baby Collier Proves He ’s a Survivor Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Collier Hart sat smiling in his crib repeatedly saying, “Wa wa.” Given a sippy cup of water, he threw back his head and drained it. He put his hands together, fingertips touching, and made the sign for “more.” None of this is unusual for a 2-year-old, but it is for Collier. He spent the first 15 months of his life at Duke Children’s Hospital af ter being born with severely underdeveloped lungs. Hero Imageco...
Source: dukehealth.org: Health Tips - June 23, 2017 Category: Primary Care Authors: klh85 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Is Health Insurance A Right Or A Privilege?
Now more than ever, health insurance is a staple story in the 24-hour news cycle. Opinions vary widely on the issue, as do politician’s thoughts on the matter. Debates rage, tensions grow, and deeper divides are formed as our government wrestles with this colossal dispute. Nestled at the heart of it all though is a basic question: Is health insurance a right or a privilege in the United States? I’m alive today because my school district, where I’ve now taught for 20 years, offers the ‘Cadillac of insurance plans.’ On April 26, 2006, I checked into the hospital for a scheduled C-section. Due to...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Val Kilmer Acknowledges Cancer Battle For First Time
Speculation surrounding Val Kilmer’s health has been circulating for about two years now, but the actor has mostly been quiet about the subject.  During a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything session, however, Kilmer addressed his health, admitting he had “a healing of cancer.” A fan asked Kilmer about Michael Douglas’ 2016 comments that suggested the “Top Gun” star was battling cancer. At the time, Kilmer said Douglas was “misinformed.”  “What was the story behind that?” the Reddit user wrote.  “He was probably trying to help me cause press ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nasco Healthcare Releases New 2017-2018 Healthcare Catalog
Fort Atkinson, WI - The 2017-2018 Healthcare catalog, featuring Life/form® and Simulaids highly specialized skills trainers, manikins, and simulators for Nursing and Medical, EMS, Fire, and Rescue, is now available from Nasco Healthcare in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Saugerties, New York. The 252-page catalog includes Nasco Healthcare’s Life/form® and Simulaids lines, as well as many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The catalog’s major emphasis is to provide more effective training tools for educators to train their students, who are facing an increasingly demanding ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nasco Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Dilatational Tracheotomy Using the Rigid Endoscope Dilatational Tracheotomy Using the Rigid Endoscope
Is the use of a rigid tracheotomy endoscope a feasible alternative to fiberoptic tracheo-bronchoscopy for dilational tracheotomy?BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - March 22, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

The influence of tracheostomy timing on outcomes in trauma patients: a meta-analysis - Cai SQ, Hu JW, Liu D, Bai XJ, Xie J, Chen JJ, Yang F, Liu T.
This study aims to assess the influence of tracheostomy timing on outcomes among trauma patients, including mortality, medical resource utility and incidence of pneumonia. METHOD: A systematic review of the literature was conducted by in... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

An experience with traumatic brain injury: is early tracheostomy associated with better prognosis? - Khalili H, Paydar S, Safari R, Arasteh P, Niakan A, Abolhasani Foroughi A.
In this study we compared the effects of early tracheostomy (ET) versus late tracheostomy (LT) on traumatic brain injury (TBI) related outcomes and prognosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data on 152 TBI patients with a Glasgow coma scale (GCS)... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 9, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Cut throat injury: our experience in rural set-up - Chakraborty D, Das C, Verma AK, Hansda R.
Cut throat injuries are one of the emergency conditions managed by ENT specialists. If not treated in time, they may lead to death. Prevention of these complications depends on immediate resuscitation by securing the airway by tracheostomy or intubation, p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Revision of a Hypertrophic Tracheostomy Scar Revision of a Hypertrophic Tracheostomy Scar
What surgical options are available for the revision of tracheostomy scars?ePlasty, Open Access Journal of Plastic Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Intensive care, eternal thanks
An unprovoked assault outside a Manchester nightclub changed Matthew Edgington’s life for ever. Several years on, his father John says he and his family still feel a debt of gratitude to the many health service staff who saved his son’s life. Saturday 28 November 2009: John Edgington and his wife had been out for a meal to celebrate his 61st birthday. Their son Matthew, then 25, who had just started a new sales job, had played football in the afternoon, bought some new clothes and gone off clubbing with friends in Manchester. At about 3am, the phone rang. It was one of Matthew’s friends. A six-mile drive ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article health NHS public service champions thank your champions Source Type: news

Osmolality in Saline Fluid Nebulization After Tracheostomy Osmolality in Saline Fluid Nebulization After Tracheostomy
A new study explores the potential role of osmolality in saline solution for nebulization after tracheostomy.BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Tracheostomy
Title: TracheostomyCategory: Procedures and TestsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/9/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - September 9, 2016 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Jack’s journey managing Robin sequence
Jennifer and 8-week-old Jack Jennifer Ryan is a disability expert. She started her career doing home visits with drug-addicted and abused babies, then ran a center and started a program for kids with autism and now works in a collaborative elementary school. But nothing prepared this new mom for the challenges she would face with her own child. “It’s completely different when it’s your own,” she says now, after her son Jack was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center for a group of birth defects known as Pierre Robin sequence or just Robin sequence. For...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 19, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Research and Innovation Cleft and Craniofacial Center cleft palate Dr. Carolyn Rogers Dr. Cory Resnick Pierre Robin sequence Source Type: news

Jack ’s journey managing Robin sequence
Jennifer and 8-week-old Jack Jennifer Ryan is a disability expert. She started her career doing home visits with drug-addicted and abused babies, then ran a center and started a program for kids with autism and now works in a collaborative elementary school. But nothing prepared this new mom for the challenges she would face with her own child. “It’s completely different when it’s your own,” she says now, after her son Jack was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center for a group of birth defects known as Pierre Robin sequence or just Robin sequence. For...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 19, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Research and Innovation Cleft and Craniofacial Center cleft palate Dr. Carolyn Rogers Dr. Cory Resnick Pierre Robin sequence Source Type: news

Can't Oxygenate, Can't Ventilate, Can't Intubate?
Case 1 EMS was called for a patient who was hypoxic after undergoing a failed tracheostomy tube change at home. The patient, a 62-year-old female, had a Medtronic Shiley tube in place due to severe COPD and obstructive sleep apnea. The tracheostomy tube had been in place for one year. The patient was not on a ventilator, but was tracheostomy dependent. The patient underwent a routine tracheostomy tube change at home by a visiting physician. In this instance, the physician removed the patient's Shiley tube but was unable to replace it with a new device. She became tachypnic and hypoxic after 20 to 30 minutes while attempts ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - May 25, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elizabeth K. Powell, MD Tags: Airway & Respiratory Source Type: news

A salute to Noah’s heroes
Noah Hamm has escaped death more times than his mother Danielle can count. And he’s only 3. Since Noah was born there have been three constants in his life: Noah’s knack for near misses, his family and a neonatologist/pulmonologist who’s always there with the right care for Noah … and the right words for his family. “I tell Larry [Dr. Larry Rhein] he’s our George Bailey,” says Noah’s mom Danielle DiBenedetto. Larry gave me hope. Even when things were bad, I always felt better when Larry was there. Noah was a 29-week twin when Danielle’s water broke prematurely. “...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 25, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Anne Hansen Dr. Larry Rhein Dr. Reza Rahbar Dr. Terry Buchmiller esophageal atresia laryngeal cleft patent ductus arteriosus tracheoesophageal fistula Source Type: news

3D Printing as an Aid to Airway Evaluation After Tracheotomy3D Printing as an Aid to Airway Evaluation After Tracheotomy
Read how a 3D-printed airway model was successfully used for airway evaluation in a patient with a difficult airway. BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Nasco Releases New 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials Catalog
The 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials catalog, featuring Life/form Highly Specialized Skills Trainers, Manikins, and Simulators, is now available from Nasco in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Modesto, California. The 220-page catalog includes Life/form products that are manufactured by Nasco, along with many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The major emphasis of the catalog is training with versatile medical procedure simulators that help give students confidence and solve the problem of finding willing “patients” for invasive student practice. The catalog features these n...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 15, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Equipment & Gear Product Announcements Source Type: news

Nasco Releases New 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials Catalog
The 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials catalog, featuring Life/form Highly Specialized Skills Trainers, Manikins, and Simulators, is now available from Nasco in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Modesto, California. The 220-page catalog includes Life/form products that are manufactured by Nasco, along with many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The major emphasis of the catalog is training with versatile medical procedure simulators that help give students confidence and solve the problem of finding willing “patients” for invasive student practice. The catalog features these n...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 15, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Equipment & Gear Product Announcements Source Type: news

Nasco Releases New 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials Catalog
The 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials catalog, featuring Life/form Highly Specialized Skills Trainers, Manikins, and Simulators, is now available from Nasco in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Modesto, California. The 220-page catalog includes Life/form products that are manufactured by Nasco, along with many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The major emphasis of the catalog is training with versatile medical procedure simulators that help give students confidence and solve the problem of finding willing “patients” for invasive student practice. The catalog features these n...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 15, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Equipment & Gear Product Announcements Source Type: news

Nasco Releases New 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials Catalog
The 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials catalog, featuring Life/form Highly Specialized Skills Trainers, Manikins, and Simulators, is now available from Nasco in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Modesto, California. The 220-page catalog includes Life/form products that are manufactured by Nasco, along with many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The major emphasis of the catalog is training with versatile medical procedure simulators that help give students confidence and solve the problem of finding willing “patients” for invasive student practice. The catalog features these n...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 15, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Equipment & Gear Product Announcements Source Type: news

Nasco Releases New 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials Catalog
The 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials catalog, featuring Life/form Highly Specialized Skills Trainers, Manikins, and Simulators, is now available from Nasco in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Modesto, California. The 220-page catalog includes Life/form products that are manufactured by Nasco, along with many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The major emphasis of the catalog is training with versatile medical procedure simulators that help give students confidence and solve the problem of finding willing “patients” for invasive student practice. The catalog features these n...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 15, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Equipment & Gear Product Announcements Source Type: news

Meet The Italian Doctor Using Facebook To Fight Anti-Vaxxers
Shocked by the growing number of children who die from vaccine-preventable diseases in Italy -- as well as stories of parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids -- a professor of microbiology and virology has decided to take on anti-vaxxers where they spread misinformation: on Facebook. For the more than 20,000 followers of his Facebook page, Dr. Roberto Burioni, a professor at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy, explains the science behind vaccines and uses scientific data to refute rumors about their dangers. When he is not citing scientific studies, he pegs hi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Long-term Outcome Following Tracheostomy in Critical CareLong-term Outcome Following Tracheostomy in Critical Care
In this article, the long-term outcomes and complications associated with surgical tracheostomies and percutaneous techniques are examined. How do they compare? Critical Care Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Critical Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Timing of Tracheotomy in ICU PatientsTiming of Tracheotomy in ICU Patients
How do outcomes compare between early and late tracheotomy in critically ill patients? Critical Care (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - March 4, 2016 Category: Surgery Tags: Critical Care Journal Article Source Type: news

For the love of Sharieff: A father dedicates his life to his son’s complex medical care
Photos by Katherine C. Cohen  On an unseasonably warm day in February, the sun shines brightly at Clasky Common Park, a New Bedford town gem with views of the river. Twenty-one-year old Sharieff Hester sports a pair of cherry-red shades and a big smile. He walks confidently around the park, his father and sole caretaker David Hester dutifully following behind, checking in often. “Are you cold son?” he asks. Sharieff answers through his tracheostomy, “I’m fine, Dad.” David stops to adjust his son’s scarf and offer him a sip of water. “We have a routine every morning....
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 17, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Boston Children's at North Dartmouth Clement Bottino Complex Care Services David Roberson Lawrence Karlin lung disease Martha Fishman Mary Mullen pulmonary hypertension rare disease tracheostomy Source Type: news

Val Kilmer Spotted Without Breathing Device Around His Neck In London
 Val Kilmer is looking happy and healthy again more than a year after the actor was first rumored to be dealing with health issues.  Last year, the 56-year-old denied reports he underwent surgery to remove a tumor in his throat, but was later spotted wearing what seemed to be a tracheostomy tube in his neck. In recent months, the "Top Gun" star kept his neck covered with a bandana or scarf, causing many to speculate further.  Last week, the actor took to Facebook to share a photo of himself and his friend, Tracey Emin, after watching Ralph Fiennes perform in "The Master Builder"...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Toddler born with tumour crushing windpipe 'speaks' to her dad in sign language 
Jenna Smith, from Cumbria, developed a large tumour on her neck while in the womb. A tracheotomy was carried out while her umbilical cord was still attached to allow her to breathe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bronchoscopy-Free Tracheostomy Cost EffectiveBronchoscopy-Free Tracheostomy Cost Effective
Percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT) can be performed successfully with or without the use of bronchoscopy, according to Maryland-based researchers. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - January 6, 2016 Category: Surgery Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Early Tracheostomy Contributes to Olfactory DysfunctionEarly Tracheostomy Contributes to Olfactory Dysfunction
Children who undergo tracheostomy in infancy experience impaired olfaction that persists after decannulation, researchers report. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - December 23, 2015 Category: Surgery Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Single Mom Whose Baby Has Brain Disorder Needs Car To Get To Appointments
Danielle Pettas knew as soon as her son was born that something was wrong. She just felt it in her bones. She wept, later on, when doctors told her it was an irreversible brain disorder -- semilobar holoprosencephaly, a birth defect that occurs when the brain fails to properly divide into two hemispheres. The condition results in a number of other related complications, from facial deformities to respiratory difficulties. Her baby boy, whom she named Demetrice Cross, was never going to have the kind of life she'd envisioned for him.  "I didn't understand why this happened. Why my son, what did I do? Did...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Augmentative Communication and ALS: A conversation with John Costello
John Costello, MA, is the director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Augmentative Communication Program. Costello has been a speech-language pathologist specializing in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication at Boston Children’s Hospital for 30 years. He works with children who are non-speaking or whose speech is severely impaired. For the past six years, Costello has also been working after hours and on weekends with adult patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Now, thanks to the partnership of a private donor, Boston Children’s Hospital is transforming Costello’s ef...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - December 9, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Q&A ALS Augmentative communication John Costello Source Type: news

Stop Using My Disease to Stop Smoking
As part of its 2015 "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign, the CDC aired an anti-smoking ad that portrayed ostomies as punishment for a bad habit. This turned out to be part of a larger campaign that took advantage of diseases and complications tied to much more than smoking, twisting life-saving and preventative medical care into something akin to torture. Case in point, an ostomy isn't simply what you get for smoking your way to colorectal cancer. Ostomies also save thousands living with severe, incurable Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD). I'm a nonsmoker living with IBD, and I work in advertising. When I saw the CD...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

“When you hit rock bottom…the only way to go is up.”
The Franciscan Hospital for Children Heartbreak Hill 5K on June 14, 2014, was a special day for Justin Ith. It was the first time the 16-year-old, who weighed a mere 70 pounds at the time, had been outside for months. As a nurse pushed the wheelchair-bound teen across the finish line, he turned to her and vowed, “Next year, I’m going to finish this race by myself.” Justin at his first 5K in 2014 and his second in 2015 after nine months of rehabilitation A few months earlier, Justin had been living the life of the average high school student. Skateboarder. Guitar player. Anime aficionado. “I thought ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 12, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our patients’ stories Dr. Robert Fuhlbrigge Franciscan Hospital for Children lupus rheumatology program Source Type: news

FDA: Medtronic’s Shiley trach tube recall is Class I
The FDA classified Medtronic‘s (NYSE:MDT) recall of certain lots of its Shiley neonatal and pediatric tracheostomy tubes as Class I, the most serious type of recall issued by the federal watchdog. A Class I label from the FDA indicates that “there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.” The recalled tracheostomy tubes were formed with a wider-angle bend than standard models, Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic said. The company received reports that patients switching tubes from a previous Shiley model to a newer model...
Source: Mass Device - July 16, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Recalls Respiratory medtronic Source Type: news

Class I Medical Device Recall: Medtronic Shiley Neonatal and Pediatric Tracheostomy Tubes: Switching Tubes May Cause Breathing Issues
Medtronic received reports that tracheostomy patients whose tubes were switched from a previous Shiley tracheostomy tubes to the newer model tubes experienced airway obstruction because of potential differences in the angle of the newer tubes from that... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - July 15, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Tyler’s story: 20 surgeries with a smile
Tyler Bois is a boy with goals. His career aspirations run the gamut. Some days, he dreams of playing football with his favorite team—the Dallas Cowboys. Others, he wants to open a pizza shop, perhaps called “Slice of Ty” or “Ty’s Pizza Palace.” For now, the nine year old stays busy with every day kid stuff—playing with his golden retriever puppy, planning for Cub Scout camp, dancing in the school talent show, skiing and wakeboarding. Somehow between all of these activities, Tyler has squeezed in 20 surgeries. Born with spina bifida and a Chiari malformation (a congenital defect in...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 10, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our patients’ stories club foot Dr. Ben Warf Dr. Lawrence Karlin Dr. Michael Scott Dr. Roger Nuss spina bifida Spina Bifida Center tracheostomy Source Type: news

Teleflex recalls neonate manual resuscitator
Teleflex (NYSE:TFX) said yesterday it is recalling its Hudson RCI Lifesaver neonate manual resuscitator. The company said it began notifying hospitals and distributors of the recall on May 14. The FDA labeled it a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall issued by the federal watchdog, indicating that “there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.” The device is being recalled because “the intake port may be blocked, which can cause the bag to fail to fill,” Teleflex said. A total of 9,333 items are be...
Source: Mass Device - June 30, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Recalls Respiratory Resuscitation Teleflex Source Type: news

My Q and A With William Dement, a True Sleep Studies Pioneer
Dr. William C. Dement, a professor at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, is considered the father of sleep medicine. In answer to my questions, he spoke about his early interest in sleep studies, the scientists who inspired him and how the study of sleep has evolved over half a century. Here is a transcript of our conversation. What led you to found the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic? Before I came to Stanford, I was a research fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and worked with patients who had narcolepsy. After I went to Stanford, in 1963, I discovered that doctors were not recognizing this...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 25, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +3 | The top 3 medtech stories for June 24, 2015
Say hello to MassDevice +3, a bite-sized view of the top three medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 3 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry.   3. TissueTech raises another $15m TissueTech said that it added another $15 million to its coffers, led by prior backers River Cities Capital Funds and Ballast Point Ventures. Doral, Fla.-based TissueTech makes amniotic membrane- and umbilical cord-based products designed to treat ocular surface ...
Source: Mass Device - June 24, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 3 Source Type: news

Covidien Shiley Neonatal and Pediatric Tracheostomy Tubes by Medtronic: Recall - Tubes Formed With Wider-angle Bend Than Standard Models
Reports of 12 serious patient injuries, including breathing difficulties that impacted oxygen levels in patients. (Source: FDA MedWatch)
Source: FDA MedWatch - June 24, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Medtronic Implements Worldwide Voluntary Recall for Certain Lots of Neonatal and Pediatric Tracheostomy Tubes
Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) announced that on May 8, 2015, it began notifying hospitals and distributors worldwide that affected lots of its Covidien Shiley(TM) tracheostomy tubes were formed with a wider-angle bend than standard models manufactured after November 29, 2012. The company initiated the field action following a small number of customer complaints that included reports of 12 serious patient injuries, such as breathing difficulties that impacted oxygen levels immediately upon tube placement or discomfort. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 24, 2015 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Medtronic recalls Covidien Shiley tracheostomy tubes
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that it is recalling certain lots of its Covidien Shiley tracheostomy tubes after receiving complaints and reports of serious injury. The company said it began notifying hospitals and distributors worldwide on May 8 of the issue. The recalled tracheostomy tubes, manufactured after November 29, 2012, were formed with a wider-angle bend than standard models, the Fridley, Minn.-based medical giant said. Medtronic said it received a small number of complaints over the tubes, including 12 serious patient injuries relating to breathing difficulties and discomfort upon tube...
Source: Mass Device - June 23, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Recalls Respiratory medtronic Source Type: news

Medtronic recalls breathing devices after serious injury reports
(Reuters) - Medtronic Inc said it was recalling certain lots of its tracheostomy tubes, devices used to ease breathing, after receiving complaints, including reports of 12 serious injuries. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Hair dye poisoning and rhabdomyolysis - Bokutz M, Nasir N, Mahmood F, Sajid S.
Hair dye ingestion is a rare cause of toxicity in Pakistan. We are presenting the case report of a 55 year old male who presented with accidental hair dye ingestion and developed laryngeal oedema requiring emergent tracheostomy. He had also developed aspir... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Smiths Medical Launches New Inner Cannulae for Blue Line Ultra(R) Tracheostomy Tubes
Our improved inner cannulae increases airflow and helps improve patient breathing ST. PAUL, Minn.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today it launched the Portex® Blue Lin... Devices, Product LaunchSmiths Medical, Portex, Blue Line Ultra, tracheostomy tube (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 24, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

His Son Was Born Cursed. He Started Filming. Now He Might Win An Oscar.
Almost no one has Ondine’s Curse. It is an incredibly rare genetic disorder. Leo was born one of the unlucky few, and his doctors expected the worst. “They presented it in such a severe way, like he has no chance for a normal life at all,” his father Tomasz Śliwiński told The Huffington Post. “They said we needed to prepare to give up our professional lives completely, and just focus on the child. They were telling us so many bad things. It's amazing we didn't give up in that moment.” For children like Leo, breathing doesn’t just happen. It is more of a conscious act. If Leo falls ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

His Son Was Born Cursed. He Started Filming. Now He Might Win An Oscar.
Almost no one has Ondine’s Curse. It is an incredibly rare genetic disorder. Leo was born one of the unlucky few, and his doctors expected the worst. “They presented it in such a severe way, like he has no chance for a normal life at all,” his father Tomasz Śliwiński told The Huffington Post. “They said we needed to prepare to give up our professional lives completely, and just focus on the child. They were telling us so many bad things. It's amazing we didn't give up in that moment.” For children like Leo, breathing doesn’t just happen. It is more of a conscious act. If Leo falls ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news