Medtronic is closer to VenaSeal coverage: Here’s how

Medtronic is touting its new CPT codes for the VenaSeal varicose vein closure device – codes that company officials think bring the device closer to positive coverage from public and private insurers in the U.S. CMS announced the new codes on Nov. 1 as part of final rules for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (CMS-1676-F)

How a versatile epoxy is enabling brain stimulation

In but another example of how useful and critical epoxies can be, researchers in Israel used a two-part epoxy to construct a magnetic coil to stimulate animal brain neurons via a magnetic field. Rohit Ramnath, Master Bond Designers of medical electronics assemblies have many options to choose from when selecting one or more compounds for

Scapa Healthcare introducing new ultra-flexible silicone gel adhesive

Scapa Healthcare – maker of skin-friendly adhesives – will introduce its new ultra-flexible Scapa Soft-Pro Silicone Gel 6058 at the 2017 Medica Trade Fair, Nov. 13–16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Silicone Gel 6058 is the most flexible silicone in Scapa’s product portfolio, according to the Windsor, Conn.–based company. It is conformable and contours to challenging anatomical

The 11 most innovative medical devices of 2017

The nominees for the best medical technology of 2017 were recently announced for the 11th Annual Prix Galien USA Awards. The Galien Foundation, the host of the awards, hands out the the Prix Galien Award annually to examples of outstanding biomedical and technology product achievement designed to improve human condition. Before candidates can qualify for

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This surgical glue seals wounds in 60 seconds

A potentially life-saving surgical glue that is highly elastic and adhesive can quickly seal wounds in seconds without the need for common staples or sutures. The surgical glue, called MeTro, is a development from biomedical engineers at the University of Sydney and biomedical engineers from Harvard University. MeTro has a high elasticity that can seal

Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 6, 2017

From Intellijoint’s CE Mark to Patrona Medical and Kopis’ new partnership, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Intellijoint CE Mark for flagship hip navigation Intellijoint surgical announced in an Oct. 4 press release that it has received CE Mark for its Intellijoint HIP System in

How to ensure adhesion on hard-to-bond plastic substrates

Medical device companies are increasingly using plastic substrates that are tough and sterilization/chemical resistant. But they also come with adhesion challenges. Michelle Gumbert and Patrick Vaughn, Dymax  For medical devices such as catheters, prefilled syringes, vials, test tubes and injector pens, many manufacturers are turning to plastic substrates that are specifically formulated to resist harsh

How slugs are creating better medical adhesives

Slug mucus is the inspiration behind a new adhesive to close surgical wounds and reduce the use of surgical staples, according to new research out of Harvard. Some of the current adhesives on the market can be toxic and stick together tissues weakly. Some can’t be used in wet environments altogether, which can pose a

Dymax touts needle bonding adhesive

Dymax is touting its new 1406-M needle bonding adhesive for manufacturers who want to switch to LED curing in small gauge needle applications. The 1406-M bonding adhesive is designed to be used on smaller surface areas of cannulas and is able to withstand aging and sterilization to reduce cannula substrate failure. The adhesive can be

New biocompatible adhesive glues together soft tissues

Okayama University researchers say they’ve discovered a new type of biocompatible adhesive material made of hydroxyapatite that can glue together synthetic hydrogels and soft tissues. Adhesive organic materials instead of sutures join soft tissues. The method has been around for several decades, but it often has limited biocompatibility and sub-optimal adhesive strength. The researchers at

Master Bond touting medical grade epoxy compound

EP41SMed is well suited for a variety of uses in both disposable and reusable medical devices as an adhesive, sealant and coating, according to its maker Master Bond. EP41SMed is USP Class VI approved. The epoxy system is very fast curing at room temperature and produces high strength rigid bonds, which are remarkably resistant to chemical sterilants

Trinseo offers medical grade MAGNUM ABS for medical equipment

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, is offering medical equipment manufacturers and molders medical-grade MAGNUM ABS Resins. The material features the advantages of Trinseo’s mass polymerization technology combined with the properties needed most for medical applications to assure the integrity of end-use applications. Trinseo’s MAGNUM 8391 MED ABS Resins

3 new wound dressings you should know

Surgical dressings are designed to control post-operation bleeding, absorb exudate, ease pain and provide protection for the wound, according to an article relayed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. If properly taken care of, surgical dressings prevent surgical site infections. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the chances of developing a post-surgical wound infection ranges from

Long-term adhesives: Patients have skin in the game

Patients and caregivers have been looking for an option for long-term adhesives. Users of infusion pumps, colostomy bags, cardiac monitors, glucose monitors, health monitors and other devices worn on the skin have long complained that the adhesives used are not good enough. Long-term adhesives, however, have issues with lift (where part of the adhesive loses

Low viscosity, electrically insulating epoxy features excellent optical clarity

Master Bond EP30LP-2 is a two component epoxy with a low viscosity and a volume resistivity of over 1014 ohm-cm, making it well suited for potting and encapsulation applications. This high-performance system can also be used for bonding and sealing. “While it is not biocompatible, it can be used in optoelectronic medical devices if that is