Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Vision-Sciences at the ESA Congress in Amsterdam

European Society of Anaesthesiology  Annual Congress - 2011
The European Anesthesiology Congress was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June 11th through the 14th.  Anesthesiologists from Eastern and Western Europe, North Africa and the Middle East worked together for a brighter future in healthcare.  The meeting focused on promoting exchanges in education, research and innovation.
Standing room only was available in the lecture halls as leading scientists and physicians in the field hosted refresher courses, interactive discussions, workshops, and abstract presentations.  The ESA Scientific Committee composed a comprehensive program which includes developments in research, technical innovation, and clinical treatment in areas of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, and Pain treatment.  Colleagues spoke on such topics as patient safety, maintenance of oxygenation throughout airway management, advanced hemodynamic monitoring, and video laryngoscopes.
In the exhibition, Vision Sciences showed our full line of advanced flexible endoscopes, including the BRS-5000 Video Bronchoscope and the BRS-4000 Fiberoptic Bronchoscope with EndoSheath® Technology.  EndoSheath® Bronchoscopy gives practitioners an Always Ready endoscope for airway management and intubation assistance that utilizes the sterile, disposable EndoSheath® Technology.  The EndoSheath® Technology consists of a protective barrier between the endoscope and the patient that allows for rapid equipment turnaround, enhanced infection control, and less capital and service costs.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Vision-Sciences at the FDA Public Workshop on Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices

FDA Holds a Public Workshop on Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices
on June 8th and 9th, 2011


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public workshop to discuss factors affecting the quality of reprocessing of reusable medical devices on Wednesday and Thursday. The FDA, as well as healthcare practitioners, industry representatives and the scientific community, worked to identify issues involving inadequately reprocessed reusable medical devices.  This forum allowed all stakeholders in the healthcare community to hear from hospital staff, manufacturers, healthcare engineers, and government officials. While the topics covered various reusable medical devices, surgical components and flexible endoscopes appeared to attract the greatest interest.

As a pioneer in healthcare practice and device efficiency with a focus on infection control solutions for flexible endoscopy, Vision-Sciences was in attendance to develop a greater understanding of the issues involved for all stakeholders, and with a desire to contribute to the development of the best in guidance documentation, leading to innovative change in design where possible, all leading to an end point of enhancing patient safety. The workshop provided a great place to hear the needs and interests of all healthcare parties.

A great deal of emphasis was placed on flaws in device design, specifically those that make cleaning and disinfection/sterilization difficult. Issues such as the difficulty in cleaning, brushing, and flushing the lumen/working channels of conventional flexible endoscopes and instruments appeared paramount.

Some additional topics that were discussed included: adequate validation of manufacturer IFU’s, clear/easy to follow IFU’s, Central Services challenges, challenges manufacturers face, Non OEM repairs to reusable medical devices, and an overview of the FDA’s draft guidance on Reusable Medical Devices.

For more information on the Workshop, please visit: Public Workshop - Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices

Vision-Sciences is the developer of EndoSheath® Endoscopy, which combines state-of-the-art endoscopic technology with a sterile, disposable microbial barrier (including a disposable working channel). For more information on our technology, please visit www.visionsciences.com to learn more!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Vision-Sciences EndoSheath Esophagoscopy featured in NJN News segment on Esophageal Cancer detection.

Transnasal Esophagoscopy and EndoSheath® Technology featured on Major New Jersey News Outlet.



With the recent passing of Baseball legend Harmon Killibrew following a six-month battle with esophageal cancer, NJN News looked at what causes the disease and how Transnasal Esophagoscopy can be used on patients with presenting symptoms. Dr. Jared Wasserman, who practices in Englewood, NJ explained that classic symptoms include heart burn, acid indigestion, difficulty clearing the throat, and chronic cough. 

Watch how Dr. Wasserman utilizes Vision Sciences® EndoSheath® Esophagoscopy on patients here: 
   

Importantly, if detected in the pre-cancerous stage of Barrett’s Esophagus, the survival rate for Esophageal Cancer can approach 98%!


EndoSheath® Esophagoscopy: Early Detection. Simplified.


To learn more about our technology visit – www.visionsciences.com