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Protecting hospitals from overburdening

Dear Sir or Madam,

Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, we aim to protect hospitals from overburdening through patients with severe courses of the disease. Public protective measures thus cannot be postponed until the first ICUs are full. Decision makers could rather profit from a tool that calculates the future resource need of hospitals using current infection figures. Learn more in our interview.

Stay healthy!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Autonomous medical technology
Interview: BabSim.Hospital
Interview: Hygienic design
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Autonomous medical devices: running well in your body

Topic of the Month

Image: Artist’s rendering of small robots with grapplers and searchlights that swim between red blood cells; Copyright: PantherMedia/Andreus
In theory, autonomous medical technologies can be used in a diagnostic or therapeutic capacity inside the body under certain conditions. This may not sound like a new invention at first. After all, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators have monitored and fixed abnormal heart rhythm for many years. But by now, autonomous medical devices are being developed to support an increasing number of fields and applications.
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Autonomous medical devices: running well in your body
Autonomous medical technology: independently in the body
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Medical devices: hygienic design combats pathogens

Review of virtual.MEDICA 2020

Image: A hospital employee is cleaning an endoscope; Copyright: PantherMedia/sielemann
Medical hygiene does not just play a key role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preventing the transmission of infectious diseases and especially the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms is paramount even in non-pandemic times. While hygiene practices in hospitals and medical offices are essential, the industry can also make an important contribution with hygienic product design.
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BabSim.Hospital: forecasting hospital bed needs


Image: A physician is looking at a tablet computer while two nurses care for an intensive care patient in the background; Copyright: PantherMedia/SimpleFoto
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, capacity of intensive care units is a hot-button issue as this determines the number of severe COVID-19 cases hospitals can treat. The percentage of currently infected patients can deliver insights into the projected need for ICU beds down the road. The TH Köln developed a tool to help with this planning process.
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