eNews Nov 9, 2021

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

Printed organs: Made in the USA

South Carolina-based 3D Systems, a developer of 3D printing in manufacturing, expanded its move into healthcare by acquiring Volumetric Biotechnologies, a Houston-based firm that has made progress in building human organs – beginning with the liver — using bioprinting methods. (Bioprinting refers to the use of living cells to build complex structures, such as blood vessels, skin tissue and organs.) 3D Systems plans to establish a life-sciences research center in Houston.

Breakthrough designation for MY01 monitor

Montreal-based MY01 Inc. received “Breakthrough Device” designation by the FDA for its Continuous Compartmental Pressure Monitor, which provides real-time measurements to aid in the diagnosis of compartment syndrome. The single-use device delivers a microsensor directly to the at-risk muscle compartment to measure pressure for up to 18 hours. Pressure readings are wirelessly transmitted to the MY01 app and stored on the Cloud. Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure within the muscles builds to dangerous levels. This pressure can decrease blood flow, which prevents nourishment and oxygen from reaching nerve and muscle cells. It most often occurs in the anterior (front) compartment of the lower leg (calf). It can also occur in other compartments in the leg, as well as in the arms, hands, feet, and buttocks.

Philips says it’s helping address climate change

Royal Philips announced it will demand at least half its suppliers commit to science-based targets for CO₂ emissions reduction by 2025. The global healthcare industry currently accounts for around 4% of global CO₂ emissions, according to the company. Philips has initiated a research project with the University of Exeter (England) to study the environmental impact of the UK’s health system and evaluate how Philips’ healthcare products and services can contribute to reducing the system’s footprint.

Jerry Krishnan M.D. gets AARC’s highest honor

Jerry Krishnan, M.D., PhD, a professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, is this year’s Jimmy A. Young Medalist, the highest honor bestowed by American Association for Respiratory Care for lasting and sustained contributions to the respiratory care profession. Krishan has made home oxygen one of his main areas of study, and has collaborated with RTs, nurses, and other physicians on numerous studies, including a 2004 trial gauging the effectiveness of protocol directed care in the discontinuation of mechanical ventilation in the ICU. In addition to mechanical ventilation and home oxygen, he has a significant interest in asthma and COPD.