• Berlin Heart (Berlin) reported the first patient enrollment in the prospective IDE study for its Excor Pediatric VAD, a mechanical cardiac support system for critically ill Pediatric patients suffering from severe heart failure. The multi-center IDE study is to evaluate the safety and probable benefit of using the Excor Pediatric VAD to support Pediatric patients. Excor Pediatric has been designed as a bridge to transplantation for patients waiting for a suitable donor heart, but has also been used as a bridge to recovery when a patient’s heart was able to recover and work on its own again. Unlike standard heart-lung machines, Excor Pediatric has been used as a medium- to long-term support system, supporting failing hearts for up to several months. Berlin Heart makes pumps, cannulas, and external components for internal and external use to stabilize cardiac activity in acutely ill patients.

• Patient Care Technology Systems (Mission Viejo, California), a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, reported the general availability of the second generation of its software for tracking patients, staff and equipment. Amelior Tracker 2.0, an automatic tracking system, provides enhanced capabilities for identifying and locating resources within a new user interface. The software can be implemented for a department or throughout a facility. It is also available as an integrated module within the company’s suite of workflow automation software where the real-time location of people and equipment works in combination with workflow intelligence to automatically track and orchestrate patient care status progression. The Amelior Tracker2.0 software captures patient, staff and equipment location data by integrating with a real-time locating system comprised of wireless personnel and asset tags which communicate location information through a sensory network. Amelior Tracker2.0 is compatible with all major locating technologies including ultrasound, infrared and radio frequency-based systems through a network of preferred locating hardware partners.

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