1999 Winners and their Suppliers
The 40 products listed below were named winners in the 1999 Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. Submitting companies were presented with either gold or silver awards during a gala dinner ceremony held at New York City’s Grand Hyatt Hotel on May 26, 1999, coinciding with the Medical Design & Manufacturing East 1999 Conference and Exposition. In the 1999 MDEA competition, jurors presented awards in the following 11 categories (the winning products are listed here according to the categories in use since 2000, which differ slightly).
- Clinical laboratory equipment and supplies.
- Dental instruments, equipment, and supplies.
- Diagnostic devices.
- Finished packaging.
- General hospital devices and therapeutic products.
- Healthcare furnishings and patient-transfer equipment.
- Home medical equipment and supplies and self-care products.
- Implant and tissue-replacement products.
- Other medical and healthcare products.
- Rehabilitation and assistive-technology products.
- Surgical equipment, instruments, and supplies.
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Critical-Care and Emergency Medicine Products
- Mark I articulating splint, manufactured by Cramer Products Inc. (Gardner, KS). Entry submitted by Goldsmith Yamasaki Specht Inc. (Lenexa, KS). The Mark I is a fully adjustable immobilizing splint that folds into a compact shape for storage. It is lightweight, easy to clean, and radiotranslucent, meaning it doesnít have to be removed for x-rays to be taken. Because it is adjustable, emergency medical technicians donít have to spend time looking for the right size splint for a patient. They can quickly immobilize an injured limb by adjusting the Mark I. Supply and design credit to Goldsmith Yamasaki Specht Inc. and Walsh Engineering (Attleboro, MA). Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products.
Dental Instruments, Equipment, and Supplies
- AirTouch cavity detection and treatment system, manufactured by Midwest Dental Products (Des Plaines, IL). Entry submitted by Bayer Corp. Polyurethanes Div. (Pittsburgh). The AirTouch is a drill-free system for treating dental caries. It uses a combination of aluminum oxide particles and pressurized air to detect and remove dental decay in seconds and virtually without pain. It removes only a small amount of tooth material at a time, making a conical-shaped impression. The impression is then filled with an adhesively bonded composite filling. Supply and design credit to Bayer Corp. Polyurethanes Div., and IDEO Design and Product Development (Evanston, IL).
- Dental Unit waterline filtration system, manufactured and entered by Pall Medical (Ann Arbor, MI). The Dental Unit waterline filtration system is a low-cost solution to a problem created by stagnant water in dental lines, which is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and even species of microscopic worms. The filtration system consists of custom-designed reusable in-line filter housings and disposable filter elements that retrofit existing dental waterlines, connected air and water syringes, high-speed handpieces, and ultrasonic scalers, capturing bacteria and safeguarding patients from infectious agents.
- Hi & Dri, manufactured by DriDent. Entry submitted by Microplas Inc. (Clinton, MA). Imagine a trip to the dentist that didnít entail a mouth full of cotton rolls, tongue depressors, cheek retractors, aspirator tips, and saliva ejectors. Thatís the promise of the Hi & Dri, a simple 67-cent plastic device that attaches to a piece of flexible tubing on the dental stationís vacuum line to keep a patientís tongue and cheek out of harmís way while the dentist is at work. The suction on the vacuum line keeps the patientís mouth clean and dry.
General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products
- Bilicheck noninvasive bilirubin analyzer, manufactured and entered by SpectRx Inc. (Norcross, GA). The Bilicheck analyzer is a handheld battery-operated system that measures the total serum bilirubin in newborn babies simply by shining white light on the babyís skin, then analyzing the reflected light. Doctors currently monitor babies at risk for kernicterus, a neurological impairment caused when bilirubin levels rise and begin to deposit in the brain, by lancing the babyís heel and drawing blood. The sample is sent to a lab for analysis, which can take from 30 minutes to 12 hours. The Bilicheck analyzer allows for quick diagnosis with no trauma to baby, no risk of infection, and reduced risk of human error in the laboratory. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Diagnostic Devices.
- Bridge Sentry, manufactured by Bridge Medical (Solana Beach, CA). Entry submitted by IDEO (Palo Alto, CA). The Bridge Sentry is a hospital medication management system designed to prevent the incorrect administration of drugs. The Sentry consists of a fluid delivery module that can pump four separate fluids; a graphic interface to the computer that controls various parameters; two adjustable IV poles for hanging other pumps and fluid bags; and a locking cabinet for storing extra medication at the bedside. The caregiver uses a bar code scanner to identify the medicine and the patient, allowing the Sentry to log the information and check that it adheres to preset safety standards. In addition, the Sentry is able to reconstitute, dilute, mix, and deliver multiple intravenous drugs on a timed automatic schedule. These features eliminate the need for the nurse to disturb the patient for nighttime infusions and ensure that the medication is delivered on time. Supply and design credit to IDEO.
- Detector, manufactured by Mentor Medical (Santa Barbara, CA). Entry submitted by Bridge Design Inc. (San Francisco). The Detector is an injection-port detection system for reconstructive surgical breast implants. Physicians use the Detector to find the resealable ports designed to accept injections of saline solution into the implant, a procedure that may be done every few weeks for up to six months. To use the Detector, the physician slowly sweeps the device over the skin near the location of the port, which contains a stainless-steel disk. A set of illuminated arrows turn green when the device is over the center of the port. The user then presses the center button, gently creating a small temporary impression in the skin to mark where the needle should be inserted. Supply and design credit to Bridge Design. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Diagnostic Devices.
- EnteraLite ambulatory enteral feeding pump, manufactured and entered by Zevex Inc. (Salt Lake City). The EnteraLite is a portable feeding device used to deliver nutritional solutions directly into the gastrointestinal tract. The EnteraLite was designed with accuracy, safety, and portability for the user in mind. A rotary peristaltic pump delivers nutrition with Ī5% accuracy while a patented pinch-clip occluder prevents free flow of the feeding solution. Sensors detect proper set, loading, and upstream and downstream occlusions in the feeding tubing while an NiMH battery allows for 24-hour operation on a single five-hour charge. A fanny pack allows patients to carry the pump wherever they go. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Home Medical Equipment and Supplies and Self-Care Products.
- Humphrey FDT visual field instrument, manufactured and entered by Welch Allyn Inc. (Skaneateles Falls, NY). The Humphrey is a visual field testing device used to screen for glaucoma and other ocular diseases. The key to the Humphrey is frequency-doubling technology (FDT), which detects glaucoma visual-field loss with 95% sensitivity and specificity compared with conventional automated visual-perimetry devices. FDT works by creating an optical illusion that isolates a small subset of large-diameter retinal ganglia that are usually the first area where glaucoma is evident. Supply and design credit to David Cooper Associates Ltd. (Pittsford, NY). Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Diagnostic Devices.
- Intima II catheter, manufactured and entered by Becton Dickinson Infusion Therapy Systems (Sandy, UT). The Intima II is a catheter intended to replace steel-needle catheters used in developing nations. The traditional steel-needle sets can only be used for short infusions, which means the veins must be reaccessed for each infusion. Although steel-needle sets are easy to use, they are painful to the patient and can lead to vein damage and infection. A better method is a conventional over-the-needle intravenous catheter, which uses a pliable plastic catheter to access the vein and can be left in place for up to 72 hours, eliminating painful repeat needlesticks. This method has not been adopted in some nations, however, because healthcare workers there do not know the conventional catheter insertion technique. The Intima II eliminates this problem by combining familiar needle-set insertion methods with an over-the-needle plastic catheter.
- WarmTouch Model 5200 patient warming system, manufactured by Mallinckrodt Inc. (St. Louis). Entry submitted by Fitch Inc. (Worthington, OH). The WarmTouch is a patient-warming system consisting of a convective air warmer and disposable warming blankets. The blanket is draped over the patient, vent side down, and a hose from the WarmTouch blower is connected to the blanket. The operator selects the appropriate temperature range for the situation. The idea in redesigning the WarmTouch was to cut production costs by 50% and create a smaller, less awkward product. The new unit is nearly half the size and one-third the weight of the earlier units, resulting in a 60% decrease in manufacturing costs. Supply and design credit to Fitch Inc. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Healthcare Furnishings and Patient-Transfer Equipment.
Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products
- BodyForm thoraco-lumbar fixation system and RadioPlate anterior cervical fixation system, manufactured and entered by Theken Surgical (Barberton, OH). The BodyForm thoraco-lumbar fixation system is a temporary internal fixation device to correct and stabilize the spine. It consists of a variety of different sized and shaped titanium alloy plates and screws. The BodyForm system features an enhanced screw-plate locking mechanism and requires fewer tools to install, making installation faster and easier. Postoperatively, a large elliptical window in the plate allows the bone graft to be visible on lateral x-ray, while the surface contour and taper screws are designed to enhance the systemís biomechanical behavior and protect the system from high stresses.
- LifeSite hemodialysis access system, manufactured and entered by Vasca Inc. (Tewksbury, MA). The LifeSite system is intended to provide immediate access to a patientís bloodstream for kidney hemodialysis. Traditionally, access sites have consisted of a fistula, a synthetic graft, or a percutaneous catheter - all methods that are invasive, time-consuming, and prone to infection and clotting. The idea behind the LifeSite was to improve upon percutaneous catheters, which have high infection and low blood-flow rates. The LifeSite consists of a valve implanted in the patientís chest in an outpatient procedure. Therapy is delivered by accessing the valve with a 14-gauge dialysis fistula needle and a cannula.
In Vitro Diagnostic Products and Systems
- ClearPlan Easy fertility monitor, manufactured and entered by Unipath Diagnostics Co. (Princeton, NJ). The ClearPlan is a compact, palm-sized, computerized monitor that reads disposable urine test sticks to determine a womanís fertility level. It counts the days of the cycle, identifies the days on which the user should conduct a test, and provides daily information about the userís fertility level. To use, a woman holds a test stick in her urine stream then inserts the test stick into the monitor. The monitor optically measures the intensity of blue indicator lines on the stick to track the hormone levels. The monitor then uses this information to calculate the userís level of fertility. Supply and design credit to Althofen Electronics (Althofen, Austria) and Cambridge Consultants Ltd. (Cambridge, UK). Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Home Medical Equipment and Supplies and Self-Care Products.
- Hematype Segment device, manufactured and entered by Medical Safety Products Inc. (Englewood, CO). The Hematype is a low-cost solution to a dangerous problem in blood banks. Currently, to type or crossmatch blood samples, a technologist removes a flexible segment of tubing filled with blood from a blood bag, cuts through the tubing with scissors, and squeezes the sample into a glass test tube. This often results in blood spraying onto the lab counter and the technician. Improper cleaning of the scissors between cuttings can also cause contamination of blood samples. The Hematype is a simple plastic device that fits on top of a test tube. Rather than cutting the blood-filled tubing, the technician inserts it into the Hematype, where a needle pierces the tube, and squeezes the sample into the test tube. The Hematype and inserted tubing segment can then be discarded in a biohazard container. Supply and design credit to Image Molding (Denver). Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Clinical Laboratory Equipment and Supplies.
- ImmunoDip test for urinary albumin, manufactured and entered by Diagnostic Chemicals Ltd. (Oxford, CT). The ImmunoDip is a test for kidney disease for high-risk populations, such as diabetics. It works by measuring the amount of microalbuminuria in a patientís urine. Previous self-tests required the user to follow very specific directions. With the ImmunoDip, the patient places the device in a urine sample and it draws the precise amount of sample needed for an accurate test. The self-timing test takes 3 minutes and displays test-result color bands that remain stable for at least 8 hours. In existing devices, test results last 5 minutes. Supply and design credit to Bilyard and Bilyard (Woodbury, CT). Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Diagnostic Devices.
- LARA (Laser-Assisted Ratio Analyzer), manufactured by Alimenterics Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ). Entry submitted by Ion Design (Edgewater, NJ). The LARA is an ulcer detection device that replaces expensive invasive procedures with a simple breath test. The device works by detecting the presence of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium linked to stomach ulcers, in a patientís breath. The patient is asked to exhale forcefully into a proprietary vial. The patient data are then entered into the LARA system via bar code and keyboard and the sample is loaded onto the system carousel for analysis. Because technicians are required to operate a variety of complex instruments, the LARA was designed to be intuitive and convenient for the user, including features such as a left-to-right work-flow pattern and a built-in bar code scanner. Supply and design credit to Ion Design. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Clinical Laboratory Equipment and Supplies.
- Precision PCx, manufactured by MediSense Inc./Abbott Laboratories (Bedford, MA). Entry submitted by IDI/Innovations & Development Inc. (Edgewater, NJ). The Precision PCx is a fully portable, lightweight, handheld point-of-care blood glucose testing system for hospital use. Designed with one-handed operation in mind, the unit was built to endure repeated drops and to allow for rapid and accurate data entry through an intuitive user interface. The PCx was also designed to provide instant onscreen recall of a patientís test history. Supply and design credit to IDI/Innovations & Development Inc. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Diagnostic Devices.
- Stat Profile pHOx blood gas/oximeter, submitted by Nova Biomedical Corp. (Waltham, MA). The Stat Profile pHOx is an in vitro diagnostic analyzer that measures critical blood chemistry in freshly drawn whole blood samples from patients with respiratory or bleeding problems. Along with the traditional three tests usually performed by this type of analyzer, the pHOx conducts three additional tests often required by patients with respiratory problems. Consolidating these tests into a single analyzer speeds up the testing process and reduces labor requirements and costs. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Clinical Laboratory Equipment and Supplies.
Medical Product Packaging, Graphic Instructions, and Labeling Systems
- Humalog/Humulin pen, manufactured by Eli Lilly and Co. (Indianapolis). Entry submitted by IDEO Product Development (Palo Alto, CA). The Humalog/Humulin pen is a disposable insulin-injection device that allows users to carry insulin for up to 28 days without refrigeration. A single knob on the pen controls dose selection and injection in smaller increments than previously possible in a prefilled pen. Because diabetics frequently have vision problems, the dose display was designed for readability, using a magnifying bubble lens. Supply and design credit to IDEO Product Development. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Home Medical Equipment and Supplies and Self-Care Products.
- UniJect prefill injection device, manufactured and entered by Becton Dickinson (Franklin Lakes, NJ). The UniJect is a low-cost, single-use prefillable injection device designed for use in developing nations to prevent the spread of blood-borne disease. Medication is delivered by depressing the unit reservoir. After the dose is expressed, the collapsed reservoir and a one-way valve inhibit refill, making it impossible to reuse the syringe. Because the drug is premeasured, accuracy of the dose is assured. Supply and design credit to Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (Seattle).
- Vasceze plungerless syringe, manufactured by Vital Pharma (Riviera Beach, FL). Entry submitted by Avitro (Pollock Pines, CA). The Vasceze is a disposable, one-piece, plungerless, prefilled sterile syringe designed as a safer, low-cost solution to conventional disposable prefilled syringes. It consists of a molded piece of plastic filled under sterile conditions with the solution to be administered. The body of the device collapses during administration, while a receptacle on one end captures any air or gas, preventing its injection. Because it is molded from a single piece of plastic, it doesnít require a plunger and silicone lubrication as in conventional devices, and it is recyclable. Also unlike conventional syringes, it doesnít require a needle in order to flush catheters. Supply and design credit to Avitro.
Over-The-Counter and Self-Care Products
- AED/CPR Prompt, manufactured by CPR Prompt (Solon, OH). Entry submitted by Astro Products Inc. (Palo Alto, CA). The AED/CPR Prompt is a portable training product designed to teach proper defibrillation and CPR techniques to medical technicians, lifeguards, and the general public. A prompt on the device guides the user through a variety of lifesaving defibrillation and CPR routines. A preprogrammed audio coach instructs the student on the next step to take or options to choose from. The device integrates defibrillation and CPR training in a rugged, intuitive design. Supply and design credit to Astro Products Inc. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Other Medical and Healthcare Products.
- CrossAction toothbrush, manufactured and entered by Oral-B Laboratories (Belmont, CA). Oral-B conducted hundreds of hours of market research to create the CrossAction, designed to be the most effective manual toothbrush on the market today. Studies of how people brushed their teeth revealed crisscrossed bristles would prove most effective in removing plaque. In tests, the new design resulted in a 25% greater reduction in plaque than todayís best-selling straight-bristled toothbrush. Another design innovation is the handle. Oral-B identified five different íholding patternsí among users, and designed the handle to accommodate all of them. The idea is that a more comfortable handle will encourage people to brush longer. The brush also features blue indicator bristles that fade when itís time for a new brush. Supply and design credit to Lunar Imaging Group (Palo Alto, CA). Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Home Medical Equipment and Supplies and Self-Care Products.
- ThermoScan IRT 3520, manufactured and entered by Braun ThermoScan (San Diego). The ThermoScan provides an accurate, safe, and fast temperature measurement via the ear. It works by measuring the infrared heat generated by the eardrum and surrounding tissue. The thermometer takes eight measurements, or scans, in 1 second and displays the highest temperature on the readout. The thermometer is designed with safety in mind, and is shaped to prevent it from being inserted too far into the ear canal. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Home Medical Equipment and Supplies and Self-Care Products.
Radiological and Electromechanical Devices
- Airis II magnetic resonance imaging system, manufactured by Hitachi Medical Corp. (Tokyo). Entry submitted by Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc. (Twinsburg, OH). The Airis II is an open magnetic resonance imaging system designed with a space requirement of 380 sq ft in mind. It doesnít require an expensive, tunnel-type high-field system to produce high image quality. A 0.3-Tesla field strength magnet and phased array coils combine to deliver high image quality, allowing the device to be open for greater patient comfort. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Diagnostic Devices.
- CryoGyn miniature cryotherapy device, manufactured by CryoGen (San Diego). Entry submitted by Bridge Design Inc. (San Francisco). The CryoGyn was designed as an alternative to hysterectomy for the reduction or elimination of excessive menstrual bleeding. The goal was to package the new technology in an attractive, convenient, ergonomic enclosure that was highly transportable to lend itself to both office and operating room use. This is accomplished through the use of a new compact compressor system that generates extreme cold at the tip of the treatment probe. The new design means this procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. Supply and design credit to Bridge Design. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products
- LightSheer diode laser system, manufactured by Star Medical Technologies (Pleasanton, CA). Entry submitted by Lunar Design (San Francisco, CA). The LightSheer is a cosmetic hair-removal system that features diode laser technology. To operate, the systemís handpiece is placed on the patientís skin and a trigger is depressed to strike unwanted hair with laser light. The laser penetrates the skin, heats the hair shaft, and either stuns it, creating growth delay, or permanently destroys it. In competitive laser systems, the laser source is located in the console and the laser light must be piped to the delivery device via large, obtrusive tubing. Because diode laser technology is small, the technology was fitted into a handpiece connected to a flexible umbilical to the console for comfort and maneuverability and increased precision and performance. Supply and design credit to Lunar Design. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Other Medical and Healthcare Products.
Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products
- CPAP mask, manufactured by HealthDyne Technologies (Marietta, GA). Entry submitted by Human Factors-ID (New York City). This CPAP mask, is used to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea by delivering a continuous flow of oxygen through the patientís nostrils to keep the airways open. Unlike traditional masks that fit around the nose with a variety of sized seals that require support points all around the face, the HealthDyne mask uses a highly compliant air pillow to provide a seal under the nose. The apparatus used to fit the mask on the head is also more streamlined. One-size-fits-all baseball-cap straps have been used in place of the stretch fabric head socks previously used to hold the device in place. Greater comfort and fit help ensure patient compliance. Supply and design credit to Human Factors-ID. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Home Medical Equipment and Supplies and Self-Care Products.
- DynaVox 3100 augmentative communicator, manufactured by DynaVox Systems Inc. (Pittsburgh). Entry submitted by Daedalus Design Inc. (Pittsburgh). The DynaVox 3100 is an augmentative communicator for individuals with speech, language, and learning disabilities. To communicate, users select letters, words, symbols, or phrases via a touch screen display. The device contains hundreds of ready-to-use communication pages that can be customized, a 128,000-word vocabulary list, and 3300 picture icons to assist children with learning reading skills. It is lightweight (7 lb) and comes with a carrying case and a wheelchair mount. Supply and design credit to Daedalus Design and LSB Technologies (Clairton, PA).
- Nextep contour leg walker, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson Professional Inc. (Raynham, MA). Entry submitted by Ecco Design (New York City). The Nextep is a bracing device for treating stable ankle fractures and ankle sprains, and for the general orthopedic rehabilitation of minor injuries of the foot and ankle. The Nextep was designed to provide stability and good curvature of the leg to allow the necessary therapy to take place while making it easier for the patient to walk. A redesigned fastening system simplifies wear, fit, adjustment, and removal-the straps can be adjusted with one hand. Supply and design credit to Ecco Design.
- On3 lateral transfer device, manufactured by Ergodyne (St. Paul, MN). Entry submitted by redgroup (Minneapolis, MN). Helping those who help others was the inspiration behind the Ergodyne On3, a device that transfers patients from bed to cart in 20 seconds at the push of a button. Transferring patients is a major cause of back injuries among healthcare workers. With the On3, a healthcare worker wraps the patientís draw sheet around a transfer rod and connects a belt to each end of the rod. The worker then pushes a button and the device pulls the sheet, along with the patient, onto the cart. The device allows patients to be moved by a single healthcare worker instead of the three or four usually required for the job. Supply and design credit to redgroup. Named a 1999 MDEA winner in the category of Healthcare Furnishings and Patient-Transfer Equipment.
- Quickie XTR wheelchair, manufactured and entered by Sunrise Medical (Longmont, CO). A lightweight frame allows the Quickie wheelchair to go where few wheelchairs have gone before: into the rugged unpaved terrain favored by mountain bikers and hikers. The chair relies on a monoshock suspension system similar to that used in mountain bikes to isolate the frame from the rear wheels and safeguard the user from the bumps and obstacles of the road. This was accomplished while keeping the chair lightweight and maintaining its maneuverability.
Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies
- Access Perforator, manufactured and entered by the Anspach Effort Inc. (Palm Beach Gardens, FL). The Perforator is used during neurosurgery to make the critical first entry into the cranial cavity. The Perforator was designed to create a bone-cutting edge that would not cut soft tissue and would differentiate between the hard cranial bone and soft flexible dura that protects the brain. The idea was to create a mechanism that would consistently and reliably stop the device from penetrating into the cranial cavity. In addition to performing this procedure in 20% of the time it takes other perforators, the Access Perforator also leaves a clean bone plug to close the access hole. Also, the device can be used on a stop-start basis as opposed to other devices that require the surgeon to complete the entry in one fluid step.
- Angio-Seal hemostatic puncture closure device, manufactured by St. Jude Medical (Bothell, WA). Entry submitted by Kensey Nash Corp. (Exton, PA). The Angio-Seal is a bioabsorbable medical device used by cardiologists to close arterial access punctures created during catheterization procedures. During catheterization, a hole is created in an artery in the patientís leg through which catheters are inserted. The Angio-Seal, comprising a collagen sponge, an absorbable polymer anchor, and an absorbable suture stored inside a delivery system, is used to place an absorbable seal at the puncture site to stop bleeding and eliminate the need for manual pressure. The Angio-Seal takes two minutes to place and usually results in immediate hemostasis. The current method consists of applying heavy direct pressure to the area for 15 to 60 minutes, and usually requires additional compression with a heavy sandbag for 4 to 24 hours to prevent additional bleeding. Supply and design credit to Kensey Nash Corp.
- CDI 500 blood parameter monitoring system, manufactured and entered by 3M Health Care (Tustin, CA). Intended for use in conjunction with a heart-lung machine during open-heart surgery, the CDI 500 is a blood parameter monitoring system that provides continuous information quickly, accurately, and easily. Sensors in the unit continuously monitor the blood for parameters such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, pH, potassium, oxygen saturation, hemoglobin, and temperature. The CDI 500 offers expanded blood parameter measurements, faster response times, and greater ease of use. Supply and design credit to IDEO Product Development (Palo Alto, CA).
- Intuitive Surgical system, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc. (Mountain View, CA). Entry submitted by Lunar Design (San Francisco, CA). The Intuitive Surgical system is a new technology for performing minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Prior to the Intuitive system, there were two basic methods: open surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Open surgery requires a 7- to 10-in. incision that is traumatic to the patient and requires a long recovery time. While minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is easier on the patient, it requires surgeons to operate in counterintuitive ways using long-handled instruments and video technology. The Intuitive system combines natural hand movements used in traditional open surgery with the less traumatic benefits of MIS. It consists of a viewing and control console and a remote surgical arm that positions and maneuvers detachable surgical instruments located next to the patientís bed. Like MIS, it requires incisions about 1 cm long. Surgeons perform the procedures while seated at a console viewing a high-resolution 3-D image of the surgical field. The surgeonís hand movements are transferred to the instruments at the operative site. Supply and design credit to Lunar Design.
- Mega 2000 patient return electrode system, manufactured and entered by MegaDyne Medical Products Inc. (Draper, UT). The Mega 2000 is a reusable patient-return electrode pad for use during electrosurgery. Unlike the smaller sticker-and-gel pads traditionally used during electrosurgery, the Mega 2000 is a large pad that is half the length and the full width of an adult patientís torso. The pad is slipped into a plastic sheath, covered with a linen sheet, and placed beneath the patient during a procedure. This eliminates the need to shave the patient and adhere the pad directly to the skin. It also eliminates the problem of disposing of the millions of gel pads used each year. Supply and design credit to Pare Surgical Inc. (Englewood, CO), and Samson Design (Boulder, CO).
- Sovereign medical system, manufactured by Allergan (Irvine, CA). Entry submitted by Designworks/USA (Newbury Park, CA). Creating a user-friendly system was the idea behind the Sovereign, a device used in phacoemulsification (cataract surgery). Previously, this procedure was accomplished with several different pieces of equipment that each performed a separate task. The Sovereign was developed to integrate these tasks into one machine that could be used by healthcare workers of varying skill levels. The streamlined system was made possible by an innovation known as advanced fluidics, which includes a novel pump system and a diaphragm that links the flow of saline solution and controls the vacuum created during the procedure. Supply and design credit to Designworks/USA.
- Speedband Superview band ligator, manufactured and entered by ACT Medical Inc. (Newton, MA). The Speedband Superview was designed to more quickly and effectively stem bleeding in patients with cirrhosis of the liver. This disease often results in varices, similar to varicose veins, developing in the stomach and esophagus that are prone to bursting. When this occurs, a physician must quickly seal them off to save a patientís life. The Speedband Superview is a ligating band dispenser that fits over an endoscope. It features a clear housing that allows the physician to quickly locate the varices and ligate them to stop the bleeding. It also deploys up to eight ligating bands at a time, meaning the endoscope doesnít have to be withdrawn, reloaded, and reinserted to complete the procedure.