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Slideshow: Top Medical Tech Engineering Innovations
3/30/2012

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Using a technique called 'nerve reinnervation,' the prosthetic technology used to help Jesse Sullivan takes advantage of his nerves to allow him to move his artificial limbs through thought. (Source: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Using a technique called “nerve reinnervation,” the prosthetic technology used to help Jesse Sullivan takes advantage of his nerves to allow him to move his artificial limbs through thought.
(Source: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Advancements to improve the human condition.
Cabe Atwell   9/12/2014 5:18:58 PM
NO RATINGS

The nerve reinnervation and prosthetic technology from the Rehab Institute of Chicago is incredible to say the least! I looked for a follow-up on it but couldn't find anything. Any word on how it's progressed since then?

The Designist
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Re: Advancements to improve the human condition.
The Designist   1/22/2013 11:08:07 AM
That's funny.  My family was saved, and is now being protected by the same type of "human" you denigrate.

 

EEMEDIC
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EEMEDIC   8/16/2012 9:36:48 AM
Just figured I would add another comment to the EZ-IO...my EMS agency saved another life using the EZ-IO last week. NOTE: I was NOT involved in this event; I am just relaying the info from other EMS providers who were there. A woman collapsed at a local bank, bystanders performed CPR and called 911. When our EMS crew arrived they found the woman in cardiac arrest in an EKG Rhythm called Ventricular Fibrillation, or V-Fib, they defibrillated the patient with no change in rhythm and continued CPR.  For those of you not in the medical field, an EKG rhythm of V-Fib is 100% fatal without rapid treatment.  The crew used the EZ-IO to obtain access for medication administration. They then administered multiple medications and defibrillated the patient several times while transporting the patient to the closest hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital the patient had a pulse, a decent blood pressure, and was breathing on her own. She spent several days in the ICU and was then discharged home and has made a full recovery with no loss of function. The crew stated that the EZ-IO definitely allowed them to get vascular access quicker than a standard IV would have and were therefore able to administer medications much more quickly, which is very important for a patient in V-Fib who does not respond to defibrillation alone.  Many factors came together just right to save this woman's life, especially the quick action of the bystanders, but EZ-IO also played a very important role.

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bobjengr   5/19/2012 2:51:36 PM
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I agree completely—the field of Biomedical Engineering is truly fascinating and growing by leaps and bounds.   Just today I was talking to an entering sophomore at Purdue University about career fields in engineering.  I mentioned Biomedical and indicated to her that, if I had to do it all over again, I would choose that field.   I feel the technology is progressing at a very rapid pace and biomedical robotics has ever increasing importance and is just in its infancy.  We see daily the men and women who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan with limbs missing and wonder what remedies exists for such terrible wounds.  The solution may eventually be robotic arms, legs, feet.  Doctors can't do this—only engineers.

Charles Murray
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Re: Slideshow of medical engineering innovations.
Charles Murray   5/8/2012 9:34:23 PM
I agree, WilliamK. Bioengineering is one of the inspiring areas of engineering today. Doctors get all the credit for saving lives, but developments in medical electronics save tens of thousands of lives that we never hear about. 

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/7/2012 11:20:52 PM
Thanks for the word of encouragement - - - appreciate the nod.

Amclaussen
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Amclaussen   5/3/2012 3:11:55 PM
Very well said.  What a contrast to those "human" beings that work in aerial drone design and manufacture, that mostly ignore the terrible consecuences of killing human beings from far away.  So much for Nobel Prize "peace" dignitaries that actively promote such uses for technology. I congratulate you for choosing the most ethic way to use your knowledge. Amclaussen.

William K.
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Slideshow of medical engineering innovations.
William K.   4/16/2012 10:57:56 PM
The slideshow is certainly impressive. Engineers have done quite a lot, it appears. This is the sort of stuff that should be presented to kids as an incentive to pursue engineering careers.

sensor pro
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sensor pro   4/16/2012 12:46:06 PM
What a great story. I love to read about issues that are both interesting technology wise and helpful to humans. Very interesting and informative.

Thanks

EEMEDIC
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EEMEDIC   4/16/2012 11:26:37 AM
Interesting...never knew the story behind the device...just know that we like it a lot!  Our regional EMS office has required that we carry either the EZ-IO or another device that is spring loaded...almost every agency has chosen the EZ-IO, even though the cost was a little higher, its easy of use and simplicity won out.

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