SONO Month in Review | March 2019

SONO Month in Review | March 2019

Current Month in Review encompasses news such as controlling blood pressure by ultrasound surgery as one of the strengths of ultrasound imaging is its ability to measure blood and tissue velocities with high precision and at a high frame rate. The first article will provide you with more interesting and detailed information on it. We have gathered news on the environmental disinfection through convenient UV light processes in hospitals for fighting against germs as health care-associated infections are the most common complication among people receiving hospital care. Scroll down and find out more news that are worth your time to read. 

Ultrasound Surgery May Help Control Blood Pressure

ACC: Ultrasound Surgery May Help Control Blood Pressure | PhysiciansWeekly

March 22, 2019

The benefits of reduced blood pressure (BP) following renal denervation (RDN) surgery are maintained for at least six months, according to a study published online March 17 in Circulation to coincide with the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, held from March 16 to 18 in New Orleans. Michel Azizi, M.D., Ph.D., from Université Paris-Descartes, and colleagues report six-month results of the RADIANCE-HTN SOLO trial following the addition of a recommended standardized stepped-care antihypertensive treatment (SSAHT) to the randomized endovascular procedure versus sham procedure for patients with monthly measured home BP of ≥135/85 mm Hg. 



‘Purple Sun’ Device Uses UV Light To Help Protect Hospitals Against Germs | NewYork.cbslocal

March 8, 2019

Infections that a patient picks up in the hospital can be among the nastiest and costliest of all infections. Because of that, disinfecting against germs is a constant battle waged by Hackensack Meridian Health’s Vice President Dr. Jerry Zuckerman. “Our goal is to decrease infections and improve outcomes for our patients,” he said. “Every day we’re cleaning and disinfecting, a constant effort, sometimes two to three times a day.”

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Ultrasound Hacked in Two Clicks

RSA Conference 2019: Ultrasound Hacked in Two Clicks | ThreatPost

March 7, 2019

Researchers have highlighted the endemic insecurity of the hospital environment by executing a proof-of-concept attack on an ultrasound machine. In doing so, they were able to gain access to the machine’s entire database of patient ultrasound images. Check Point Research worked with a hospital in Tel Aviv that was known for its cutting-edge medical tech. With the cooperation of the hospital, researchers essentially pen tested a common ultrasound machine similar to what would be found in hospitals around the world.


Hospital disinfectants

Hospital Disinfectants Should be Regulated Like Antibiotics New Study Suggests | TheConversation

March 13, 2019

Bacterial resistance to two disinfectants used in large amounts to control the spread of hospital infections is strongly associated with resistance to several antibiotics used to treat common infections, our latest study shows. Our analysis, published in Nature Microbiology, focused on resistance to disinfectants in Staphylococcus epidermidis. This bacteria is found on the skin of healthy people and usually causes no harm. But it can cause serious blood infections in patients in intensive care units (ICUs), especially those with immune paralysis, where the immune system cannot recover despite bacteria being cleared with antibiotics.


ultrasound delivers drugs

Short-pulse Ultrasound Successfully Delivers Drugs Across Blood-Brain Barrier | HealthImaging

March 28, 2019

A study published in Radiology March 26 suggests rapid short-pulse ultrasound is as effective—and maybe more so—than standard and long-pulse therapy for delivering drugs across the blood-brain barrier. In the past decade, ultrasound has been used to shrink brain tumors and improve cognitive function in animal models of Alzheimer disease, senior author James J. Choi, PhD, and colleagues at Imperial College London said, but researchers still have questions about the safety of the approach.


Hospital Cleaning

Hospital Cleaning Trial Shown to Reduce Infections | InfectionControlToday

March 11, 2019

A major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has made significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections and demonstrated cost-benefits. The study, "An environmental cleaning bundle and health care-associated infection in hospitals (REACH): a multi-centre randomised trial," was led by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) health economist Nick Graves from the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) and published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.


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