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Patient safety
PDC Healthcare launches thermal patient ID wristbands for patients with sensitive skin
Patient safety : 14 August, 2013
PDC Healthcare releases the company's softest new line of thermal patient identification wristbands, which includes Scanband Plus and ComfortBand Plus.
 
West Kent hospitals enhance patient safety with innovative blood-tracking systems
Patient safety : 22 May, 2013
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust selects leading healthcare technology company MSoft eSolutions' Bloodhound solution following a rigorous tender process.
 
Maquet Cardiovascular receives 510(k) clearance and CE Mark approval for radial compression device
Patient safety : 15 April, 2013
Maquet Cardiovascular receives 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European CE mark approval for its new AIR-BAND Radial Compression Device.
 
GE Healthcare signs agreement with HealthTrust to provide infant care solutions
Patient safety : 14 March, 2013
GE Healthcare is entering into an agreement with HealthTrust, a group purchasing organization headquartered in the Nashville, Tennessee area, to provide infant care solutions including phototherapy technology, warmers and incubators, to hospitals that are members of HealthTrust.
 
Mobile health solution connects people to emergency care at critical moments
Patient safety : 06 March, 2013
AT&T is working to overcome the limitation faced when an elderly person suffers from a fall or heart attack and can only use a device around his or her neck to send for assistance only if the incident happened at their home.
 
Patient wristbands receive safety certification
Patient safety : 13 February, 2013
SATO launches a new range of safety wristbands for patient identification, which have European certification by the Hohenstein Institute in Bonningheim (Germany).
 
Smiths Medical receives 510(k) clearance for ambulatory infusion system
Patient safety : 08 February, 2013
Smiths Medical receives 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch its CADD-Solis VIP ambulatory infusion system with CADD-Solis medication safety software.
 
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust deploys innovative blood-tracking systems
Patient safety : 06 February, 2013
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is enhancing patient safety by introducing innovative blood-tracking systems by installing MSoft eSolutions' Bloodhound solution.
 
Welch Allyn agrees strategic collaboration pact with EarlySense
Patient safety : 01 February, 2013
Welch Allyn is entering into a strategic collaboration and distribution agreement with EarlySense, the market leader in proactive patient care solutions.
 
Voluntary Worldwide Field Corrective Action is issued for T-piece circuit used by resuscitation units
Patient safety : 27 December, 2012
GE Healthcare initiates a voluntary worldwide field correction of the T-piece circuit used with GE Healthcare's Giraffe and Panda resuscitation units.
 
Radiometer releases arterial blood gas syringes ensure EU directive 2010/32/EU compliance
Patient safety : 06 December, 2012
The new safePICO70 arterial blood gas syringes from Radiometer are designed to enable safe and simple, single-handed removal of needles, helping to eliminate needle-stick injuries.
 
Innovative wristband solution offers patient safety benefits
Patient safety : 14 November, 2012
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is turning to healthcare technology specialist MSoft eSolutions to increase Positive Patient Identification (PPI) by introducing an innovative wristband solution on to its wards to meet stringent Government requirements on patient safety.
 
New sample labelling system boosts patient safety
Patient safety : 01 October, 2012
SATO is launching a new intelligent printer system that accurately and quickly prints labels for phlebotomy blood tube and clinical samples at the patient's side.
 
Epidural administration safety system receives 510(k) clearance in the USA
Patient safety : 24 September, 2012
Smiths Medical's Portex CorrectInject Safety System for administering neuraxial (spinal and epidural) medication receives 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 
VCU Health System deploys 7000 screensavers to flag safety messages
Patient safety : 07 September, 2012
VCU Health System, located in Richmond, Virginia, USA, is using Netpresenter software to inform, instruct and alert its 8,000+ employees at its several sites across the city. Safety messages and alerts are displayed at the push of a button on screensavers on all 7,000 employee PCs.
 
Covidien supports new The Joint Commission's Sentinel Event Alert Recommendations
Patient safety : 15 August, 2012
Covidien is announcing the company's support for The Joint Commission's recent Sentinel Alert recommendations for the 'Safe use of opioids in hospitals'.
 
Clostridium difficile alert aims to save lives and reduce healthcare costs
Patient safety : 15 August, 2012
Proventix Systems of Birmingham, Alabama, USA invents the C diff Alert to aid caregivers in their fight against Clostridium difficile, a microorganism that causes infection, claims 14,000 lives and incurs $1 billion in healthcare costs in the United States each year.
 
Study validates effectiveness of RFDS to improve patient safety
Patient safety : 09 August, 2012
RF Surgical Systems reports the recent publication of the largest prospective study to validate the effectiveness of Radio-Frequency Surgical Detection Systems (RFDS) in the Journal of American College of Surgeons.
 
Vernacare Technical Services receives SAFEcontractor accreditation
Patient safety : 18 April, 2012
Vernacare Technical Services is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.
 
RF Technologies adds new features to wireless call pendant
Patient safety : 10 April, 2012
RF Technologies is releasing new features to its wireless call pendant for the Code Alert Quick Response Premiere Wireless Call Solution.
 
Patient identification wristbands improve care of babies in Surrey
Patient safety : 10 February, 2012
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust in Surrey is facing an added element of care required for the patients admitted to its Special Care Baby Unit, and so when looking for a new wristband solution to use for their smallest and most vulnerable patients it had two major requirements.
 
SmartSponge surgical safety technology receives CE Mark
Patient safety : 04 November, 2011
ClearCount Medical Solutions receives approval to affix the CE mark to its SmartSponge and SmartWand-DTX products. The SmartSponge product line is the first and only RFID-based surgical safety and efficiency technology bearing a CE mark.
 
New system solution decreases patient identification errors
Patient safety : 07 October, 2011
SATO develops a comprehensive system of solutions to help decrease patient identification errors in hospitals and patient healthcare facilities.
 
New anaesthesia software service offers patient safety benefits
Patient safety : 16 September, 2011
Smiths Medical is launching the PharmGuard Anesthesia Software Service (PASS), providing anaesthesiologists and pharmacists with the convenience of a customer-specific drug library entered into their Medfusion 3500 syringe infusion pumps prior to shipping the pumps to them.
 
Blood gas analysis system offers positive bedside patient identification
Patient safety : 26 August, 2011
Radiometer's 1st Automatic blood gas analysis system is proving crucial to patient care in the Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU) at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.
 
RF Technologies releases new location detection technology solution
Patient safety : 23 August, 2011
RF Technologies is releasing the company's Smart ID location detection technology which provides the location of residents upon calling from a pendant using the Code Alert Quick Response Plus Wireless Call Solution, which utilizes the reliability and scalability of the Inovonics EchoStream product line.
 
SATO UK gains GS1 certification patient identification system
Patient safety : 08 August, 2011
SATO UK receives certification from GS1 for its newly developed patient wristband identification system.
 
30 per cent of UK hospitals fail to transport specimens in compliant medical bags
Patient safety : 19 April, 2011
After reviewing market data, UK-based Versapak is reporting that up to 30 per cent of UK hospitals could be transporting diagnostic specimens in medical bags that may not stand up to international guidelines.
 
Danes extend adverse incident reporting system to secondary care
Patient safety : 14 April, 2011
In April 2011, an adverse incident reporting system that operates in Denmark’s primary care service is going to be extended to include secondary care as well.
 
Spacelabs Healthcare equips Missouri hospital with patient safety solutions
Patient safety : 11 April, 2011
OSI Systems’ Healthcare division, Spacelabs Healthcare, receives a $1.5 million order from a Missouri hospital, nationally recognized for its patient safety.
 
World’s first automatic blood gas system simplifies blood sampling data capture
Patient safety : 30 March, 2011
Radiometer’s 1st automatic, the world’s first automatic blood gas system, is designed to fully automate and simplify blood sampling and data capture, from the initial ordering of blood gas tests through to receiving results at the point of patient care.
 
Fresenius Medical Care receives PSO recognition in the USA
Patient safety : 21 March, 2011
The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality officially recognizes Fresenius Medical Care’s Patient Safety Organization (PSO) and the certification by the US Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is the first for a dialysis organization.
 
Clinical study pinpoints SurgiCount Safety-Sponge patient safety benefits
Patient safety : 20 January, 2011
Results of a multi-year, independent clinical research study on retained surgical sponges shows that the institution implementing the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System eliminated the occurrence of retained surgical sponges and the costs associated with these preventable surgical errors.
 
Emergency response wristbands help HealthTrust Purchasing Group members
Patient safety : 10 January, 2011
LaserBand is helping HealthTrust Purchasing Group members achieve benefits from hospital preparedness grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Veteran Affairs medical centres selects CareFusion point-of-care verification tools
Patient safety : 08 December, 2010
CareFusion’s Pyxis point-of-care verification suite of products is selected for use across 153 US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) medical centres and 17 outpatient centres.
 
Villach regional hospital implements NextiraOne emergency alarm system
Patient safety : 22 November, 2010
The Regional Hospital in Villach in Austria’s Carinthian region is creating an emergency plan which includes the implementation by NextiraOne of a fully redundant alarm and emergency alert system.
 
Medication safety tray wins AfPP Best Innovation in Patient Safety award for 2010
Patient safety : 25 October, 2010
Vernacare’s new Vernatray, which is a single-use anaesthetic medication safety tray, wins the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) 2010 award for Best Innovation in Patient Safety.
 
Caliper Life Sciences unveils safety pharmacology profiling service
Patient safety : 29 September, 2010
Caliper Life Sciences introduces its General Side Effects Profile (GENSEP), a service offering through its Caliper Discovery Alliances and Services (CDAS) unit, to assess the potential for safety liabilities of drugs under Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).
 
RFID enabled endoscope tracking system offers increased patient safety
Patient safety : 24 September, 2010
Mobile Aspects is introducing an enhanced design of the company’s RFID enabled endoscope tracking system, iRIScope, which is targeted at increasing care quality and patient safety.
 
Single-patient disposable blood pressure cuffs reduce infectious disease spread
Patient safety : 06 September, 2010
Welch Allyn is teaming up with Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System to standardize its facilities with FlexiPort blood pressure cuffs, a single-patient disposable cuff that travels with the patient throughout their stay.
 
Sentient Health warns NHS Trusts to focus on effective stock control
Patient safety : 27 July, 2010
Joel Haspel, Chief Executive Officer of Sentient Health is warning that other NHS Trusts should take heed from the findings of a recent (leaked) report that indicated a cash crisis at South London Healthcare Trust left patients lying on the operating table before doctors realised vital equipment had not been ordered.
 
Theatre practitioners help develop single-use anaesthetic medication safety tray
Patient safety : 07 June, 2010
Vernacare’s new single-use anaesthetic safety tray is designed to help reduce operating theatre error and advance standards of infection prevention.
 
Wi-Fi badge solution improves patient safety for Portuguese hospital group
Patient safety : 04 May, 2010
Ekahau’s RTLS solution, including fixed Wi-Fi call-buttons and locatable Wi-Fi communication badges for staff members, is being installed in member hospitals of Espirito Santo Saude (ESSAUDE), one of the largest private healthcare group in Portugal.
 
Online toolkit helps combat prescription medication abuse
Patient safety : 12 April, 2010
A new online toolkit, developed by The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy with funding from the Cardinal Health Foundation, is aiming to help pharmacists work with concerned citizens, local schools and civic organizations to fight prescription medication abuse.
 
TRac offers safety test service for In Vitro Diagnostic medical systems
Patient safety : 24 March, 2010
Leading test house, TRaC, is now fully accredited at its UK facilities to carry out safety testing of all medical diagnostic products that fall within the scope of the In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) Medical Devices Directive.
 
Digital imager aims to improve patient care and reduce infections
Patient safety : 01 March, 2010
The Enterprise Mobility Solutions division of Motorola unveils its newest advanced data capture solution for healthcare - the DS6878-HC cordless 2D imager.
 
Peminic Safety Suite helps Aurora Health Care to provide safer healthcare
Patient safety : 18 February, 2010
Aurora Health Care selects the Peminic Safety Suite to automatically identify near misses and adverse safety events by utilising new eSurveillance capabilities resulting in safer healthcare and improved outcomes while also supporting improved communication and data sharing between the patient relation, risk and safety teams.
 
New papers focus on patient safety issues in clinical trials
Patient safety : 18 January, 2010
ERT issues a new ERT Knowledge Series of educational papers, written by ERT experts, which discuss issues relevant to patient safety in clinical trials today.
 
FDA licenses Biovista technology platform for drug safety
Patient safety : 14 January, 2010
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has licensed Biovista’s technology platform to help analyse, identify, and better understand the way certain drugs can cause harmful side effects.
 
Wireless electronic patient record system drives efficiency in Leicester hospitals
Patient safety : 30 November, 2009
Hospital operations at five sites in the Leicestershire area go “paper-free” with the launch of a new wireless electronic patient record system from Devlin Medical that drives efficiency and benefits patient outcome.
 
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