I-Flow (Lake Forest, California) said that a landmark meta-analysis confirming the efficacy of continuous wound catheters delivering local anesthetic, including On-Q, for post surgical analgesia (pain relief) was published in the December 2006 Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS). The study encompassed 44 different randomized clinical trials which included 2,141 patients across a wide range of surgical procedures. On-Q is a device that consists of a small balloon pump that holds a local anesthetic (a pain-numbing medicine) and delivers it automatically through a tiny, specially designed tube (catheter) to provide even distribution of local anesthetic over a wider area, according to the company. I-Flow makes drug delivery systems and services designed to provide life enhancing, cost effective solutions for pain relief.

Masimo (Irvine, California) reported that a new independent study presented at the 2006 American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress in Las Vegas this week, concluded that the Masimo Blue sensor is the most accurate technology for monitoring babies with cyanotic congenital heart disease. Masimo develops monitoring technologies.

RemedvMD (Salt Lake City) reported the production release of Translate for Clinical Investigators. According to RemedvMD, Translate is engineered on a robust information platform that integrates clinical data from disparate sources-such as clinical data stored in an Electronic Medical Record systems-into a centralized, researchable data repository. Translate uses RemedyMD's Smart interfaces to gather and reconcile clinical data from customers' various electronic health information systems. By drawing upon multiple clinical information systems as inputs, and storing them in a central repository using current medical technology standards, Translate powers predictive outcomes tracking and retrospective data analysis, the company said.