Covering Every Angle
- Volume 20 - Issue 7 - July 2007
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A new Doppler can document a patient’s vascular status from a number of angles.
The Smartdop® 30EX is a lightweight, portable, bidirectional Doppler with a printer and large LCD display, according to the manufacturer Koven Technology. The device has an automatic cuff inflator which the company says aids in fast and accurate testing for ankle-brachial indices and tibial-brachial indices.
With the Smartdop 30EX, one can use the Smart-V-Link® Software to save up to 30 waveforms. The company says one can calculate ratios automatically and optional PPG models are available for studying toe pressures in patients with diabetes.
Company: Koven Technology
Product: Smartdop® 30 EX
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New Screw Fixation
A new option is available for the treatment of lesser digit deformities.
The 2.0 mm and 2.4 mm Cannulated Lag Screws can help facilitate lesser digital arthrodesis, according to the manufacturer OsteoMed. The company says the 2.0 mm screws are available in lengths from 6 mm to 42 mm while the 2.4 mm screws come in lengths from 6 mm to 50 mm.
As OsteoMed asserts, fixation with a cannulated screw is better than fixation with a K-wire since cannulated screws have more rigidity and strength, and there are no pin tract infections. The company notes the lag screws have a low profile that lessens the chance of patient discomfort and the simple instrumentation reportedly leads to shorter procedure time.
Product: Cannulated Lag Screws
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Preserving Patients’ Mobility
For patients with vascular conditions, one may want to turn to a device recently cleared by the FDA.
The Mobility-1™ boot and compressor device can treat chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, venous ulcers, lymphedema and other conditions that require compression, according to the device’s manufacturer Derma Sciences. The company notes patients can take the boot and compressor device to home or work.
The lightweight dynamic compression device periodically inflates and deflates, which the company says produces therapeutically significant compression generated via the patient’s walking motion or through a small electronic compressor.
Company: Derma Sciences
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Using The Power Of Silver
A new technology is bolstering the power of a silver dressing.
Mepilex® Ag is the first silver dressing with Safetac® technology, according to the dressing’s manufacturer Molnlycke Health Care. Safetac utilizes soft silicone adhesive technology. The company says the dressing offers atraumatic application and removal and prevents maceration. It adds that the combination of silver and Safetac promote an antimicrobial effect.
Molnlycke says Mepilex Ag is indicated for managing exuding wounds including foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and partial thickness burns.
Within 30 minutes of application, the company says the product will begin eliminating wound pathogens and offers a sustained effect against such pathogens of up to seven days.
Company: Molnlycke Health Care
Product: Mepilex® Ag
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Several Layers Of Comfort
The latest development in orthoses offers patients improved support and comfort.
Sher™ 460 Series Orthotics feature a middle layer of high rebound polyurethane for comfort as well as a semi-rigid polypro shell for extra support, according to the manufacturer Sroufe Healthcare Products. The series includes models 460, 461, 462 and 463.
The orthoses are available in ultra fab nylon and full grain leather. The company says the full-length orthoses offer comfort from heel to toe.
Sroufe Healthcare Products adds that the three-quarters length orthoses have arch support and people can use them in dress shoes or shoes where toe room is limited.
The 460 series comes in eight sizes for men and women, according to the company.
Company: Sroufe Healthcare Products
Product: Sher™ 460 Series Orthotics
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