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March 14, 2016

Nurses Test New Operating Room Control System

Computerized monitoring systems are used in all operating rooms in Canadian hospitals. But how would nurses respond to the graphic user interface design of the new system? An Ontario company specializing in innovative audio and video solutions for the medical marketplace developed a new touch screen interface for its operating room control system, and asked Centennial College researchers to help them test it. Because the college trains nurses and has a simulated operating room, it was able to help OASYS Healthcare test the interface using students as well as working nurses. Beyond assisting with the company’s evaluation, this gave students... Read more
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March 14, 2016

New Technology Helps Asthma Patients Breathe Easy

Globally, 180,000 people die of acute asthma attacks every year, many with a rescue inhaler in hand. Some of these asthmatics are resistant to available medications, but for most the rescue medicine could not penetrate their constricted airways. SAIT Polytechnic is working with industry partner SolAeroMed to develop the first innovation in asthma treatment in more than 30 years. SolAeroMed has patented a drug, S-1226, that can overcome the shortcomings in current standards of care for acute airway constriction. But the company met a stumbling block after it was approved for human trials. Compressed CO2 is the key to success... Read more
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March 14, 2016

St. Lawrence River Clay Becomes Natural Soap

An innovative company in Baie Comeau, Quebec is developing health care products from marine clay found along the Manicouagan peninsula. A research project undertaken in partnership with Cégep de Thetford’s research centre and pilot factory, OLEOTEK, has refined the company’s formula to make clay-based liquid soaps. Using small scale industrial processes developed during the project, Argile Eau-mer introduced two new liquid soaps to the market in the summer of 2013. Ecologically extracting and processing marine clay from a deposit located on Québec’s Manicouagan Peninsula, Argile Eau-mer intends to continue working with OLEOTEK to improve their products and create new marketable... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Upgrading Precision Optical Micro-assembly

In the biomedical field, integrating micro-optical devices requires very tight assembly tolerances and reliable processes that are scalable to industrial production. Designing and testing these systems for micro-assembling in manufacturing can only be done with highly specialized and precise equipment. The Centre collégial de transfert technologique en optique-photonique (Optech) was able to acquire the specialized equipment for micro-assembly of optical components in 2013 through a College and Community Innovation grant. This allowed the college to outfit a laboratory specialized in optical micro-systems where industrial manufacturing conditions could be reproduced to encourage automation of micro-manufacturing, micro-assembly, and quality control methods. Over... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Technology Cuts Paramedic Response Time

“In a medical emergency, seconds count,” says Terence Kuehn, CEO of Interdev Technologies. Interdev is a leading developer of solutions for emergency medical services. One of their products is a dispatch interface for the computer tablets used by paramedics called iMedic ePCR. Using GPS positioning, the technology sends the address of a call to the tablets more quickly than current standards. “This system can cut 60 to 90 seconds off response time, so that’s a significant reduction,” says Kuehn. Centennial College Information and Communication Engineering Technology Department and Interdev have worked together to test and improve a prototype. “We wanted... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Better Connections for Electronic Health Records

Easy patient-access to health records in Ontario has lagged behind the rest of the country and the world. While data on treatment and health history is now collected electronically, until recently there has not been a safe and simple way for health facilities to share this information with patients. Hospitals and healthcare providers want to offer patients access to records, data, recommendations, advice and support. This access can increase patient knowledge and compliance, and lead to increased health and wellness. Secure communication is the key. Mohawk College teamed up with researchers at McMaster University to explore secure methods to integrate... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Computerizing Homecare for Kidney Patients

A new technology for doing kidney dialysis at home is being developed by Sault College in partnership with a small Ontario engineering company. Sault College has collaborated with eQOL Inc. to develop a prototype of a microcontroller-based device that will improve the connectivity of their eQ Connect™ technology (formerly called DiCAT). Kidney dialysis treatment usually requires several hospital visits a week, which can be onerous for people living several miles from a hospital but impossible for patients living in rural communities or on reserves 50 or more kilometres from treatment. eQOL Inc. is a process engineering company that builds devices... Read more
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March 14, 2016

3D Imagery Helps Students Learn How to Give Needles

Health care students know that practice pays off when it comes to learning how to give a needle or insert an intravenous line. But what if new 3D sensory technology could provide feedback on whether or not students are turning their hands at a correct angle or applying suitable pressure when they’re carrying out these clinical procedures? It’s an area of research that prompted Saskatchewan Polytechnic to team up with IRG Informatics Inc., a Canadian health information management company. The company wanted to test hardware and software that track and analyze body mechanics, such as coordination, dexterity, and fine-motor movement.... Read more
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