eNews Sep 7, 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.


Hospital-acquired infections rose during pandemic

Four out of six infections routinely tracked at U.S. hospitals rose significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data analysis published in the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America on Thursday. MedTech Dive reports that from 2019 to 2020, major increases were observed in central-line associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated events and antibiotic-resistant staph infections, according to the report. Higher volumes of sicker patients requiring more frequent and longer use of medical equipment, such as catheters and ventilators, were said to contribute to the rises, along with staffing and supply challenges.

RTs recruited for COVID-19 tele-critical care support

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is partnering with the Society of Critical Care Medicine to recruit respiratory therapists with experience in critical care to provide tele-critical care support for patients with COVID-19 in the United States. Volunteers will be asked to serve for a period lasting between two and four weeks. If selected, volunteers will be paid an hourly rate. The rate will be communicated to volunteers after the selection process is complete. This activity is in support of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command’s (USAMRDC) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC). The Center is deploying the National Emergency Tele-Critical Care Network (NETCCN). Click here for more information.

Breakthrough designation for endoscopic device

Portland, Oregon-based Endosound Inc. received a Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA for its EndoSound Vision System, an add-on device that allows the endoscopist to perform advanced procedures, such as fine needle biopsy, with precision, but without the elevator mechanism found on other linear echo-endoscopes. The device consists of a compact ultrasound beamformer, reusable transducer, and disposable mounting kit that fastens onto any flexible upper gastrointestinal video endoscope to convert it into an endoscopic ultrasound system. In recent years, multi-use endoscopes that feature an elevator mechanism have faced scrutiny due to their association with patient infection risk, according to the company.

What’s your role in value-based care?

Your customers strive to deliver value-based care. Successful suppliers will help them do so. At the upcoming IMDA/HIRA Annual Conference, Ian O’Malley will share his perspective on how UChicago Medicine defines clinical priorities – and cost – today. He will talk about the challenges supply chain and IT departments face when implementing new, integrated devices and equipment, and how the local healthcare landscape and payer mix influence providers’ new-technology decisions. And he will help IMDA and HIRA members determine how they can help their provider customers balance the urgent, sometimes conflicting, demands of patients, clinicians, administrators and payers. The Conference – “ROI: It’s More than Just Money” — will be held Sept. 27-29, in Itasca, Illinois, about 10 miles from O’Hare.