Posts Tagged ‘FDA’

New Pulse Oximeter receives FDA Approval

March 28, 2010

There’s a new Pulse Oximeter available that has just received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It not only measures the amount of oxygen in your blood, but your pulse rate, hemoglobin level, and your blood glucose level!

Released in March 2009, the NBM-200MP accomplishes all this through blood flow occlusion – using a small ring like device to temporarily blockĀ  blood flow – to produce more accurate results. And what a lot people don’t know is that PulseOx readings are wildly inaccurate when the patient has low blood oxygen.

But that problem won’t affect this new Pulse Oximeter. A Clinical Trial showed that the NBM-200MP continually gave accurate results even when a standard Pulse Oximeter couldn’t. The standard PulseOx couldn’t even give a reading more than half the time. A second Clinical Trial (It’s on the same page as the first Clinical Trial; just page down) showed that in cases of low blood perfusion, the NBM-200MP gave accurate results 100% of the time while the brand of Pulse Oximeter normally used by the participating hospital continually gave a false reading or no reading at all.

We’re Going to Link City, Gonna Have Some Fun…

October 25, 2008

Kim over at The CHD Blog has the results of a disturbing survey that you need to read. If you aren’t reading The CHD Blog, you need to. Kim’s a heart mom; she doesn’t post every day, but that makes her like E.F. Hutton: When she speaks, you should be listening.

Imagine this: Replacement heart valves that grow!

The Happy Hospitalist reminds us that while some drugs can be bad, others can be really nasty. Be careful? Bomb Disposal techs are “careful”, YOU almost need to be paranoid!

The FDA has new Drug Safety websites. Here’s the main page. The Drug-Specific Information link is HERE.

The Buckeye Surgeon strikes twice! First, he is frustrated by patients who have the Dwindles. Then, he puts on his Sherlock Holmes hat and takes on The Case of the Muzzled Wide Receiver.

Researchers are closer to finding out what causes heart enlargement, which could lead to heart failure.

There’s a new report out on fighting heart failure. Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist Dr. Wes has his doubts. Read both for yourself; I tend to side with the doc on this one.

Kevin, MD asks if you know how much chronic disease cost each year? The answer will scare you. (this link has a little age on it; the Presidential Debate is “tomorrow”). We could be saving that money.

Over at Rural Doctoring, Dr. Chan learns that poverty is needing an extra $10 a month.

Friday Night Links

September 19, 2008

I’m busy today!

I’ve been working on my speech for Baltimore, checking to make sure my good suit still fits (Where did that spot come from?!?! It’s been stored in a garment bag, for crying out loud!) and getting some last minute paperwork done. The paperwork isn’t due until early October, but if I get it done now it won’t be on my mind later.

But I’m not going to leave you hanging! I’ve found some interesting links to pass on to you:

* From March 2007, surgeon Sid Schwab describes how a surgeon clears his mind and prepares for the crucial moment.

* EchoDoc wants to remind us that blood-thinners and antibiotics don’t mix. (Read this one it is important!)

* Researchers in Canada and the United Kingdom report that CHD patients tend to see the doctor more often. (Really?) They also say they have been “hampered by a lack of reliable data.” Hmm… sounds like they need a patient registry!

* Another one from Sid Schwab, this one from August 2006. When the doctor’s phone rings in the middle of the night…

* The Food and Drug Adminstration has banned drugs from two factories in India because of manufacturing problems. A list of the banned drugs is here. The good news is that the drugs currently in the US are safe and our drugmakers can replace what has been banned.

* For those of you who have Congestive Heart Failure and are considering “natural” remedies, EchoDoc has a few words of advice.

* Exercise is good for you, especially if you have a Funky Heart. So tap your toes to Tom Cochrane’s Life is a Highway!