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FDA Outlines Procedures For Companies Expecting COVID-19 Related Product Shortages

The FDA created a new COVID-19 guidelines document detailing when and how medical device manufacturers need to report changes to their products that affect availability. The CARES Act that was signed in late March of 2020 stated that medical device manufacturers that were deemed critical to the COVID-19 emergency by the Secretary of Health and Human...

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COVID-19 Costs American Healthcare System $200 Billion In Four Months

According to a new report published earlier this month by the American Hospital Association (AHA), hospitals and healthcare systems are facing unprecedented financial pressures and losses due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The report predicts that American healthcare systems will lose $200 billion within the first four months of the pandemic,...


Smith & Nephew Cut Costs By $200 Million Due To Canceled Elective Procedures

Medical device manufacturing company Smith & Nephew saw a 47% drop in revenue in April as the coronavirus pandemic caused the deferment of elective procedures. The British multinational supplier suffered from a drop in demand for its devices, especially from the United States. According to the company’s first-quarter results , United States sales, which...

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Self-Driving Vehicles Deliver Medical Supplies During Coronavirus Pandemic

Recently, we reported that safer strategies were needed to transfer critical medical supplies during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many companies have resorted to contactless transfer where the supplies would be dropped off at a certain location. However, this does not guarantee the safety of the supplies. Nuro is one of the best-funded...

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Algorithm Created To Protect Surgical Teams From COVID-19

Stanford University’s surgery department has created an algorithm to protect surgical team members during emergency operations amid the COVID-19 outbreak and conserve personal protective equipment (PPE). The guidelines were published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website. Per the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Stanford...

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3D Printing Provides Supplies During COVID-19 National Emergency Response

3D printing could be part of the solution to filling in the gaps for medical supplies during the COVID-19 national emergency response. Large companies, such as HP and Ford, are using their 3D printers to create supplies needed during this time, including ventilator parts, masks, and nasal test swabs. Many university research labs are doing the same to...

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Oisto Fills Growing Demand For New and Used Medical Equipment

Since the COVID-19 outbreak took the world by storm over one month ago, the medical equipment industry has been met with an overwhelming increase in product demands. Hospitals and healthcare centers are in dire need of supplies and equipment. Medical supply companies cannot produce them fast enough, despite working around the clock.   As a...


Improper Cleaning of Endoscope Equipment Proven To Be Deadly

Endoscope reprocessing that is not properly performed has deadly consequences. For example, the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) outbreak that occurred at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle left 32 patients sick. CRE is a drug-resistant bug that was spread to people who underwent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography...

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Best Home Blood Pressure Monitors Reviews

Investing in a high-quality home blood pressure monitor is an excellent way to manage your health at home. It can be a great tool to use whether or not you’ve been diagnosed with a heart condition. With better technology at our disposal, home blood pressure monitors are easily integrated into our daily lives without much effort. You can pair your...

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How Are Health Systems Responding to the Demand For COVID-19 Supplies?

The coronavirus has placed demands on the medical supply system in a whole new way. If federal stockpiles do not move down to the state level soon, it could become extremely difficult to allocate supplies to areas that desperately need them. The public is making it harder for medical personnel to locate certain supplies. Consumers are purchasing personal...

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