Washable Keyboards Could Squash Germs in Hospital ERs

From Tech News Daily:

A new study has shown that the computer keyboards with the most germs on them in a hospital’s emergency room (ER) were actually those found in the triage and registration areas.

To cut down on bacteria in these non-treatment areas, the hospital has elected to install washable rubber keyboards.

Due to the threat of the germs’ potential spread to patients, Henry Ford’s Information Technology and Infection Control department recommended exchanging traditional keyboards in the ER for washable, silicone rubber models.

Innovations Contest Finalist: Therapeutic Hypothermia Device

From National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance via Medgadget:

Rapid Hypothermia Induction Device team: Johns Hopkins University
A device that emergency or ambulance personnel can use to rapidly and safely administer a therapeutic hypothermia treatment to victims of cardiac arrest, to improve their chances of survival upon reaching hospital.

About BMEidea

The BMEidea competition was launched in 2004 by the NCIIA, in collaboration with Stanford University Biodesign and the Whitaker Foundation. The competition provides opportunities for extracurricular, team-based educational experiences in design, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Teams of students working with faculty and industry mentors submit entries that are evaluated by judges drawn from academia and industry. Winning entries must solve a clinical problem; meet technical, economic, legal, and regulatory requirements; feature novel and practical designs; and show potential for commercialization. Submissions are judged on technical feasibility, clinical utility, economic feasibility and market potential, novelty and patentability, potential for commercialization and benefit to quality of life and care.

Prizes include cash awards in the amount of $10,000 (first prize), $2,500 (second prize), and $1,000 (third prize), and product development and commercialization resources and training.

Clinical Policies Now Available on ACEP’s Mobile Site

From ACEP’s The Central Line:

Get the critical questions and recommendations for all 21 of ACEP’s Clinical Policies. This easy-to-use format can be used as a quick reference when you need it through your iPhone, Blackberry, or other smartphone. See it today! And be sure to let us know if this is useful and what other mobile features you’d like to see us work on.