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Abstracts Invited for ASTM International Virtual Workshop on Fast-Tracking PPE Standards Development

Abstracts for presentation are invited for the ASTM International virtual workshop on Fast-Tracking Standards Development to Address Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Shortages Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sept. 9-10, 2020. ASTM International’s committees on...

340 Organizations Send Letter to Congress Urging Action on Telehealth

On Tuesday 340 organizations signed a letter urging Congressional leaders to make telehealth flexibilities created during the COVID-19 pandemic permanent. Those signing this multi-stakeholder letter include national and regional organizations representing a full range...

AAAHC Enhances Standards in New Accreditation Handbook

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is moving forward with enhanced Standards in version 41 of its Accreditation Handbook for Ambulatory Health Care. For more than 40 years, AAAHC has provided facilities with relevant standards and...

New Plastic Biomaterials Could Lead To Tougher Medical Implants

A new thermoplastic biomaterial, which is tough and strong but also easy to process and shape has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham (UAB). A type of nylon, the material’s shape memory properties enable it to be stretched and moulded but...

FDA Approves Biosense Webster Catheter

biosense-1Biosense Webster Inc. has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its ThermoCool SmartTouch catheter. It is the first therapeutic catheter approved in the U.S. that enables direct and real-time measurement of contact force during catheter ablation procedures for patients suffering from drug-resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (Afib), sustained monomorphic ischemic ventricular tachycardia and Type I atrial flutter.

Providing doctors with contact force stability when applying radiofrequency energy against the heart wall during catheter ablation has been shown to improve outcomes as inconsistent tissue contact may result in incomplete lesion formation that could result in the need for additional treatment, and too much contact may result in tissue injury, which may lead to complications. The ThermoCool SmartTouch catheter enhances a physician’s ability to achieve stable and consistent application of contact force by providing direct, real-time quantitative feedback graphically displayed on the company’s Carto 3 system upon tissue contact. Without this technology, catheter tip-to-tissue contact has to be estimated through other indirect measures such as electrogram parameters and impedance but they have been shown to be poor predictors of contact force.

More information can be found online at www.biosensewebster.com.

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