eNews May 18, 2021

The latest news affecting you and your customers… from the Independent Medical Specialty Dealers Association

How is COVID-19 affecting your business, your people, your customers? IMDA is a membership organization, and in times like these, we can all use some camaraderie. If you have a COVID story to share, advice to offer, or a warning to sound, send it to Mark Thill, IMDA’s communications director, at mdthill1913@gmail.com, with the subject line “IMDA COVID story.” We’ll compile them and send them back out to you.

Mobile app records coughs

NuvoAir, a Boston-based digital health company for chronic disease management, released NuvoAir Cough, a mobile app that records coughs in the home setting. The assessment of coughing can be used in conjunction with other symptoms and data sets to help identify exacerbations and other disease activity in respiratory conditions, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the company.

EtO in the spotlight … again

The EPA Office of Inspector General reported that the agency’s modeling and monitoring efforts indicate that people in some areas of the country may be exposed to unacceptable health risks from chloroprene and ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions. The OIG recommended that the agency conduct new residual risk reviews for four major source categories that emit chloroprene or EtO, and conduct a residual risk review for the “hospital sterilizers” area source category. The agency’s most recent National Air Toxics Assessment —that is, the 2014 NATA, which was based on 2014 emissions data—estimated that more than 472,000 people lived in 106 census tracts where the individual lifetime cancer risk was elevated or equal to or greater than 100 in one million.

Cellphones can interfere with some implantables

The FDA issued a public warning that high-strength magnets in some cellphones and smartwatches can potentially affect the proper functioning of pacemakers and other implanted medical devices, reports MedTech Dive. The agency said recent studies have shown that such consumer electronic products may cause certain devices to switch to “magnet mode” and suspend normal operations. The agency recommends patients keep cell phones and smartwatches at least 6 inches away from implanted medical devices, particularly cardiac defibrillators.

Ultrasound for diagnosis of hand injuries

Sonographic examination of hand tendon injury has high accuracy in diagnosing complete or partial flexor (muscle) injuries, with 100% accuracy, sensitivity and specificity in diagnosing full-thickness tears as well as tenosynovitis of hand flexor tendons, according to researchers from Ain Shams University in Cairo. The study included 35 patients with penetrating trauma to the volar (palm) aspect of the hand or wrist with questionable clinical findings. They had 50 injured tendons and were candidates for exploratory surgery versus physiotherapy.

YOU’RE WORTH IT!

Learn how to clarify and articulate your return-on-investment for your manufacturers and customers at this fall’s 2021 IMDA/HIRA Annual Conference, “ROI: It’s More Than Just Money,” Sept. 27-29, in suburban Chicago. You know you’re worth it. Now let everyone else know it too!