The Little Devices group is more CMYK than BL2
Medgadet reports on a tourniquet designed by Dr. Richard Schwartz and Dr. John Croushorn, two emergency physicians from Georgia Health Sciences University and Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham. The tourniquet is used to slow lethal abdominal bleeding in soldiers, a difficult task for field medics given the large number of blood vessels in the stomach. Given Scwartz and Croushorn’s extensive wartime credentials, they are the perfect pair of physicians to design such a technology. So far the device has undergone testing in animals and humans to demonstrate proof of concept. The inventors have also received premarket clearance for the abdominal aortic tourniquet from the FDA and some early orders from the military. We’re excited to see progress on a much needed technology that could save countless lives. Read the full press release from Georgia Health Science University here.
Kaiser Permanente just launched its Small Hospital, Big Idea Competition, inviting submissions of designs for smaller, more efficient, and more sustainable hospitals. Entries due March 11, 2011. See more on the Kaiser site.
Last week, the San Ramon Fire Department launched an iPhone app that alerts citizens trained in CPR of nearby emergencies. It’s really cool initiative and it will be interesting to see how it’s used…
Read more on the CNET blog.
emergent by design has compiled an awesome list of “idea hubs” – online platforms for people to share ideas. Definitely worth a look if you’re willing to be distracted for a few hours:
Apply to be an Unreasonable Institute Fellow for summer 2011! Deadline is December 15th.
The West Wireless Health Institute and Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2) have issued the Wireless Innovation Challenge: design an original app or hardware device for Androids or iPhones that targets a problem experienced by Veterans.
Contest details are here. Submission deadline is January 15 and the winning idea will win $10,000!