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A cordless device recently approved by the FDA gives OB patients freedom to bathe, walk around (within a limited range), or just rest more comfortably while fetal and maternal heart rates and uterine activity are continuously monitored. The Avalon CTS Cordless Fetal Transducer System permits patient monitoring without cables before and during labor and delivery and gives the mother a choice of more birthing positions, as well. Philips Medical Systems is introducing the product, which consists of cordless ultrasound, tocodynamometer, ECG transducers, and a receiver base station.
The device uses radiofrequency technology for wireless transmission and is compatible with all Philips Series 50 fetal monitors, as well as Hewlett Packard and Agilent Series 50 systems. The transducers are cordless, lightweight, and waterproof, with built-in lithium ion batteries that provide 16 hours of continuous operation. Recharging in the receiver station takes less than 2.5 hours and clinicians have no cables to clean or untangle. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.medical.philips.com .
A new FDA-approved product encourages women to perform breast self examination (BSE) each month by making the process easier, according to the Sentida Corp. (Preston, Wash.). The Vital BSE Aid, which is reusable, aims to facilitate early detection of breast cancer by increasing tactile sensitivity, helping a woman recognize any changes within her breast during monthly BSE. Using this aid, composed of soft, ultra-thin, latex-free polyurethane containing a nontoxic liquid, a woman can glide the pads of three fingers over her breast without moving the tissue, heightening sensitivity. A lightweight handle helps securely position the Vital BSE Aid on her breast while she's lying down.
The product comes in a hermetically sealed bag and includes instructions, a quick reference card, and a soft, black storage pouch. It can be purchased via the Web site listed below or at Women's Health Specialists in Renton, Wash. A portion of each Aid sold funds the philanthropic Roxy Sherrell Foundation, established by the corporation's founder in honor of his late mother to aid other women battling breast cancer. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.vitalexam.com .
New Products. Contemporary Ob/Gyn Jun. 2, 2003;48:86.