Something Different On Friday

November 28, 2014

A Marionette In Manhattan

Only on the streets of NYC can you see street talent plying his trade.  This guy is great!  Take a peek and see what I mean.

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The Thanksgiving Overture

November 27, 2014

A Funny Thanksgiving Song

It is our hope that you, your friends, and your family
will enjoy this little tune.

Happy Thanksgiving

to everyone from

The Healthcare Technology Management Association of Ohio

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Ultrasound TEE Probe Maintenance Tips

November 26, 2014

How To Identify TEE Probe Defects

Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) probes tend to be “budget busters” when it comes to TEE probe repair or replacement.  TEE probes require constant inspection to ensure they aren’t in need of repair and are performing at their peak.

Many TEE probe defects are so small they go unnoticed by everyone handling the probe. In some cases, the smallest TEE probe defects, like tiny holes or cracks, turn into the biggest TEE probe repairs.  If a bite guard isn’t used during a TEE probe procedure, a patient’s bite reflex can leave cuts or holes in the bending rubber, covering the articulating portion of the insertion tube.  This can allow fluid to infiltrate into the probe. Fluid in the TEE probe can then lead to corrosion throughout the entire probe and ultimately require a complete probe rebuild.  These holes also greatly increase patient risk, related to electrical current leakage and potential cross-contamination.

Not catching probe defects early, like the ones listed above, leads to high priced probe repairs and/or replacements.  In some cases TEE probes can cost as much as $8,000 for probe repair and up to $28,000 for a TEE probe replacement.  And to think that bite holes can be avoided by using a two dollar bite guard. It makes you wonder why they aren’t used on every TEE probe procedure.

By understanding what TEE probe defects to look for, you can start to identify common problems, like corrosion in the steering control, crushed insertion tubes, bite marks in the insertion tube or bending rubber, and damage to the tip or lens.  Identifying these issues early reduces your repair costs significantly and extends the life of your TEE probe.  For example, if you catch a hole in the bending rubber early, you can fix it for around $1,000, but if you leave the probe defect unattended, it will eventually lead to fluid in the TEE probe and a TEE probe replacement costing as much as $28,000.

CLICK HERE to read the original article online and view
a Slideshow Presentation for TEE Probe defect identification.

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MedWrench Help Network

November 25, 2014

Ask a Question and Get Help with your Medical Equipment

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Examples Of The New Robots In Healthcare

November 24, 2014

Robotic Revolution in Healthcare Rehab

Michał Mikulski at TEDxWarsaw

With degrees in robotics and biomedical engineering, Michał Mikulski advocates a global robotics revolution aimed at enhancing physical training.  To that end he is heading up a company which is developing and producing robots and exoskeletons designed to transform physiotherapy and healthcare.

CLICK HERE to view this 13 minute 21 second YouTube video.


Socially Assistive Robots and the Growing Healthcare Problem

Maja Mataric at TEDxUSC

Can socially assistive robots be part of the solution to the growing healthcare problem?  During her talk, Dr. Maja Mataric demonstrates how these non-contact robots can serve as coaches, motivators, and companions for a variety of populations with special needs, including the elderly, stroke patients, children with autism spectrum disorders, and many others.

CLICK HERE to view this 9 minute 5 second YouTube video.

Something Different On Friday

November 21, 2014

Origins Exclusive Worldwide Premiere

Your DNA holds the keys to preventing a toxic world from making you sick.  This film is to help people understand the intrinsic connection between their lifestyle, their health, and the vitality of our planet.

CLICK HERE to view a preview and get the movie for FREE.

How To Decide If It’s Time To Change Jobs

November 20, 2014

Changing jobs can lead to a better title, a salary increase and more. But moving too frequently can get you labeled as a job hopper and decrease your future prospects. So how do you know when it’s time to move on? To make that decision easier, here’s some tips. gives employers looking to hire tech talent recruiting news, tips and white papers that give you an edge with your tech recruiting efforts. Dice, the Career Hub for tech, is the leading job site for technology professionals and the companies who look to hire them. connects employers and recruiters with quality, actionable tech professionals.

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