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As a full-service metal manufacturing company, we have been offering worthwhile manufacturing solutions to a variety of industries for over four decades, with one of the most rewarding fields we’ve worked with being health care.
From wheelchairs to walkers and other medical devices, our team is dedicated to manufacturing fasteners that are reliable and strong and fulfill our clients’ exacting needs.
With our in-house manufacturing and state-of-the-art technology, we are proud to offer over 1,000 types of medical device snap buttons. Our team produces these snap buttons to go hand-in-hand with new medical innovations, and our medical device snap buttons are manufactured with the needs of physicians and patients in mind.
So now, let’s take a look at some of the medical innovations that are soon coming to the medical device field.
Because we work so closely with the medical device industry, we always aim to keep up on the latest innovations happening within it, and in 2016, there have been a number of striking medical device technology innovations worth paying attention to. With that in mind, here are 10 innovations from this year that we have been watching.
When a patient has a stroke, timing is everything. It is vital for the blood clot to be removed within three to six hours to prevent long-term disabilities. That being said, 2016 has brought about new medical device technology that could treat strokes in a safe and timely manner.
Neurovascular stent retrievers can now be used as an alternative to stroke treatment by being inserted in the body via a catheter and threaded through the blood stream. From there, the retriever can seize the blood clot and remove it.
An increase in patients with strokes, positive reviews of the tool within studies, and a rise in health care funding are just a few factors that predict the market for these retrievers will remain robust in the future.
Using robots within the medical field isn’t anything new; studies showing robots as a contributing part of heart surgeries go back to at least 2008.
But with medical device technology evolving every year, it only makes sense that robots would also continue to evolve. 2016’s robot innovations for the medical industry have proven this assessment to be correct.
A couple examples of medical device innovations for robots include:
For those living with diabetes, monitoring blood sugar comes with a routine needle prick to your finger. Various medical device innovations have brought about ways to check your glucose levels without the discomfort.As of February 2016, Australian company Abbott has received CE marking (a declaration that the product complies with European health and safety regulations) for their needle-free FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring system designed for children ages 4-17 with diabetes.
This is a positive step forward for those with the condition. As 2016 continues, this medical innovation gives patients hope that devices like the FreeStyle Libre will be implemented for use in other countries.
A sizeable amount of the American population has prosthetic limbs, with as many as 100,000 people living with an upper arm amputation. Within the last few years, medical device news has featured researchers who detected that signals associated with limb movement can be decoded via a computer. Some key developments of this include:
These innovations have meant great things for people like this military veteran, whose DEKA arm is controlled by sensors mounted on his shoe. More medical innovations for the field of prosthetics are only expected to grow as time continues.
A typical first aid kit comes with equipment such as gauze and bandages of all sizes. With medical innovations occurring daily, it makes sense that a smart first aid kit would be in production.
Medical device technology takes an advanced turn with GALE, an interactive first aid assistant which offers a variety of organized medical supplies, a smartphone to call for help, and a touchscreen display that can be used to access medical directions for emergencies such as fractures or burns, plus many other features.
As of July 2016, GALE has launched a new website and is being showcased at a variety of trade shows and exhibits to get the marketing for this new product started.
3D printing technology has been developing for years, but this year has seen significant advances toward effective printing in the medical field. This type of printing has many benefits for medical professionals such as more thorough testing possibilities and an ability to create accurate medical models as a visual for students and patients.
Patients with essential tremor, a nervous system disorder that causes involuntary shaking, can seek treatment from various medications. However, for those who do not respond to said medications, there is now another option.
Insightec, a company based in Israel, offers its MRI-guided ultrasound system as an alternative treatment by delivering sound waves to brain tissues that cause improper neural signals. Treatment is short and results are seen within seconds.
In July 2016, following approval by the FDA, this new form of treatment reached medical device news outlets, causing major strides for those afflicted with the condition.