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Finding free beds with bluetooth

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A very time-consuming task in a hospital is material logistics. Organizing beds is a complex business here, since hospital beds come in different conditions, like occupied, available, clean, needs cleaning or even infectious. A pilot project is now aiming to simplify part of bed logistics using Bluetooth sensors. Learn more in our interview!

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Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Interview: Bed sensors
Topic of the Month: SWIR imaging for vessels
Video: Deep brain stimulation
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SWIR Imaging: The Power of Multi-Color Real-Time Technology

Topic of the Month

Image: Blood vessels and nerve tracts of a mouse; Copyright: Helmholtz Zentrum München
Many diagnostic methods and image-guided surgery are based on medical imaging. However, past imaging technologies performed while the patient is awake cannot deliver a complete view that facilitates a visual differentiation of structures such as blood vessels and nerve tracts, for example. Scientists have teamed up in a study to develop a non-invasive medical imaging modality that enables multiplexing, deep tissue penetration, and real-time resolution.
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SWIR Imaging: The Power of Multi-Color Real-Time Technology
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Effect of metabolic syndrome traits on atherosclerosis can be reduced

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices, Research & Technology

The deleterious effects of metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors on arterial health can be reduced by increasing cardiorespiratory fitness already in childhood, a new study suggests.
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Remote detection of viruses on surfaces

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices, Research & Technology

Researchers from the University of Seville have developed and patented a prototype to detect remotely viruses (including synthetic SARS-CoV-2) deposited on surfaces, analyzing images taken at multiple wavelengths – the so-called hyperspectral imaging – a technique commonly used in astrophysics.
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First steerable catheter for brain surgery

Research & Technology, Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices

A team of engineers and physicians has developed a steerable catheter that for the first time will give neurosurgeons the ability to steer the device in any direction they want while navigating the brain's arteries and blood vessels. The device was inspired by nature, specifically insect legs and flagella – tail-like structures that allow microscopic organisms such as bacteria to swim.
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Magnets could offer better control of prosthetic limbs

Imaging and diagnostics / medical equipment and devices, Research & Technology

For people with amputation who have prosthetic limbs, one of the greatest challenges is controlling the prosthesis so that it moves the same way a natural limb would. Most prosthetic limbs are controlled using electromyography, a way of recording electrical activity from the muscles, but this approach provides only limited control of the prosthesis.
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Bed sensors facilitate fast location of available hospital beds


Image: Representation of a sensor that locates free beds; Copyright: simplinic Gmbh
One lesson the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is hospitals are short on staff and time is a most valuable and scarce resource in health care that should not be wasted. That is why it only makes sense to automate repetitive and recurring tasks that are big time wasters and keep hospital staff from doing more important work.
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Easing the burden on healthcare personnel: bed sensors facilitate fast location of available hospital beds
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A global band for research

IT systems and IT solutions, Public Health & Associations

Many innovative projects are tackled by the University of Bonn together with renowned partner universities around the world. One of this projects is the Research into psychiatric disorders.
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Deep Brain Stimulation – Measuring electrodes against Parkinson's disease


Image: Preview picture of video
We cannot heal Parkinson’s disease yet, all we can do is alleviate the symptoms. One possibility to do this are implantable electrodes that stimulate part of the brain and counteract the characteristic tremor. In our current video, Prof. Cordula Matthies and Prof. Jens Volkmann from the University Hospital Würzburg explain how this stimulation can be targeted better with a new electrode generation.
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Deep Brain Stimulation – Measuring electrodes against Parkinson's disease
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Optimal usage time for face coverings

Economy & Markets, Disposables and consumables

Researchers from Surrey's renowned Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) explore two key questions: how long a mask should be worn; and when should it be discarded, recycled or washed to optimise its usage time.
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