Wireless CR System Test Device
Fluke Biomedical, Cleveland, adds the 07-QRX QA Radchex to its CR test-system platform. The factory x-ray-calibrated NIST/PTB traceable meter replaces the industry-standard, wired 07-CRX CR Radchex with wireless technology. The device helps biomedical technicians, service engineers, and quality assurance personnel calibrate, troubleshoot, test, and document CR system performance. It replaces the need for an imaging plate and plate reader, and boosts user productivity. The device can be positioned wherever CR imaging plates are used, providing universal application in imaging departments. An interface and self-contained design speed testing, and an internal readout device eliminates the need for a laptop interface for technicians on the go.
Remote Monitoring and Clinician Notification System
Patient SafetyNet, a new remote monitoring and clinician notification system from Masimo, Irvine, Calif, combines the performance of Masimo Rainbow SET pulse oximetry with wireless clinician notification via pager. It boosts safety for patients on general care floors, where nurse-to-patient ratios preclude the level of direct surveillance required and recommended to pre-empt sentinel events.
When a monitored patient is in respiratory distress, meaningful and actionable alarms are generated by the Masimo bedside monitor and sent wirelessly to designated clinicians for review and response. The system instantly routes bedside-generated alarms through a server to a qualified clinician’s handheld paging device in real time, and allows for automatic escalation of the alarm to additional clinicians when necessary. Each system supports up to 40 bedside monitors and can be integrated into a hospital’s existing IT infrastructure, or operate as a stand-alone wireless network.
Rotary or Rocker Switch
APEM Components Inc, Haverhill, Mass, a manufacturer of miniature and industrial switches, offers an environmentally sealed toggle switch that functions as a rotary or rocker switch. A slight rocking motion of the operator’s finger or thumb activates the MT-series switches, which are recommended for applications requiring a sealed, ergonomic electrical interface—such as radio remote controls, metal detectors, and other portable, handheld devices. They are suited for applications in medical equipment, transportation, and other industries. Switches are available in two or three positions in momentary and maintained functions, and in a single-pole configuration, with an 11/16 threaded bushing and multiple electrical functions. They are rated for 3A at 250VAC or 6A at 125VAC with an expected electrical life of 50,000 cycles, and at 0.4VA at 20VDC with an expected life of 100,000 cycles. Contacts are available with straight pc or solder lug terminals.
Managing Multivendor Service Communities
Axeda Corp, Foxboro, Mass, a secure remote service and support company, has extended its Axeda ServiceLink 5 product suite to help IT organizations centrally manage how vendors and service providers access data centers to deliver remote support to their mission-critical IT assets. The VeriSign security-certified remote-service solution helps IT organizations meet SLA commitments with the protection, control, and regulatory compliance required for managing multivendor service communities. Organizations can manage risk by replacing modem and VPN-based technologies used pervasively across companies, which are considered a high security risk; and cut costs by reducing time reviewing, approving, and provisioning third-party access. Companies can also gain complete auditing and control over third-party access to meet external and internal compliance requirements; and streamline and standardize service and support processes across vendors, lowering administration costs.