One of the hot new markets for plastics in medical applications will be mobile and wireless devices that provide ongoing remote monitoring of patient health.
The total value of the mobile medical application market is expected to double this year from the $720 million achieved last year, according to Adrienne Lovink, VP of consulting and business development at the Millenium Research Group (Toronto).
Use of mobile diagnosis and surveillance will grow as health providers become more comfortable with wireless technology; caregiver demands rise under the Affordable Care Act of 2010; and the shortage of physicians and nurses becomes more acute.
One example is the Mobile CareGuide 2100 Oximeter, which monitors the hemoglobin oxygen saturation of microvascular blood in skeletal muscle tissue, commonly referred to as muscle oxygen saturation or SmO2.
Reflectance Medical (Westborough MA) announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for Oximeter, which is designed to interface with a smart device such as iPad or a patent monitor providing parameter trend data.
The Mobile CareGuide system will be incorporated into the Sotera Wireless ViSi Mobile system.
"We're very pleased that Sotera will be the first to integrate the Mobile CareGuide sensor into our patient monitoring platform." said Tom Watlington, CEO of Sotera Wireless. "Combined with our other continuous vital sign measurements, the SmO2 sensor will add significant clinical value - especially during patient resuscitation."
Sotera Wireless (San Diego, CA) received 510(k) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ViSi Mobile System last summer.
The lens, housing and connectors of the monitoring system are made with Tritan copolyester from Eastman Chemical.
The wrist-worn ViSi Mobile System is used for ambulatory patients. It measures and displays core vital signs, such as heart and pulse rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and skin temperature.