US Patent Granted for a Novel Haemostatic Device


Patent No.:
US 10,124,084 B2
Date of the Patent Granted: Nov. 13, 2018
Title of the Patent: READY TO USE BIODEGRADABLE AND BIOCOMPATIBLE DEVICE AND A METHOD OF PREPARATION THEREOF

Background of the Invention:
Haemostatic products are the agents which promote haemostasis (stop bleeding). These can be used for both surgical or traumatic wounds. Heavy blood loss from the wounds may result in a hypovolemic shock (when the body loses one-fifth of its blood and heart is not able to pump sufficient amount of blood to the body) leading to tissue and organ damage.
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US Patents Granted – Datt Mediproducts Pvt. Ltd.

“A patent is an intellectual property right which provides it’s owner right to exclude others from making, using, selling, and importing an invention for a limited period of time, usually twenty years, without authorization.”

The Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement between the member nations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) specifies the protection and enforcement procedures for all the intellectual property rights including Patents.

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Diagnosed with a Thyroid Disease!! It’s a time to keep a check on your Diabetes as well!

Thyroid dysfunction doesn’t cause Diabetes and Diabetes doesn’t cause a Thyroid dysfunction. But both have an intersecting underlying pathology. The pathophysiological association between the two conditions has been attributed to the complex intertwining biochemical, genetic, and hormonal functions.

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All You Need to Know about Thyroid & its Disorders!

Do you know that undiagnosed and untreated thyroid disease may lead to Heart disease, Weight Gain or Weight Loss, Infertility, Osteoporosis or Diabetes as well? We bring you some interesting facts and information you need to know about thyroid & its diseases.

What is a Thyroid Gland?

The Thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland at the front of the neck just under your Adam’s apple. It’s a bilobular structure with each lobe about the size of a plum cut in half. These lobes lie on either side of the windpipe and are joined by a small bridge called the isthmus.

Thyroid Hormones & their Function

The Thyroid Gland secretes two hormones into the blood: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones regulate many important metabolic processes in our body including how our body uses energy from the carbohydrates & fats that we eat and the way every other organ works.

T4 gets converted into T3 in our cells. T3 is a biologically active hormone which influences the metabolism of our body cells. The Thyroid gland is stimulated by the Pituitary gland and the Hypothalamus in the brain.

Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid Disorders are a group of conditions that affect the thyroid gland. These may occur because of over- or under-function of the thyroid gland.

Facts:
Women are more likely than men, teenagers, children, or even babies, to have thyroid diseases.
1 in 8 women will develop a thyroid disorder during their lifetime.

Different Types of Thyroid Disorders

  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid): If the thyroid gland produces too little or insufficient amount of the thyroid hormone, the metabolism slows down. For example, your intestine will become sluggishly and you may suffer from constipation.
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid): This condition is described by an excessive production of the thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland leading to an increased metabolism. Hyperthyroidism is less common than the Hypothyroidism.
  • Thyroid Nodules: Nodules are the abnormal masses or lumps which develop within the thyroid gland. These may compress the nearby structures and can stop the thyroid from functioning properly.
  • Thyroid Cancer: Thyroid cancer is a rare phenomenon but is more common in adult women than the youth or men. Survival rate is high if diagnosed at an early stage.
  • Post-partum thyroiditis: Sometimes pregnancy may also trigger a thyroid disorder and it’s a temporary situation.

Symptoms

  • Symptoms of hypothyroidism may include poor concentration (or mentally foggy), depression, fatigue, muscle pain, feeling cold, weight gain, constipation, prolonged or excessive menstrual bleeding, puffy face, elevated cholesterol levels etc.
  • Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism may include anxiety, nervousness, irritability, heat intolerance, unintentional weight loss, fast heart-beat, increased bowel movement, swelling in the neck (enlarged neck or Goiter) etc.

Can Thyroid Disorders be treated?

Most of the thyroid disorders are life-long conditions and can be managed with medical attention. Surgery may be involved when there is a possibility of thyroid cancer or in case of a hyperfunctioning thyroid nodule. There are blood tests available which help you diagnose the thyroid disorders: TSH, T4 test, T3 test.

During this Thyroid Awareness month, we @ Datt Mediproducts are creating awareness about one of the most prevalent disorders. We recommend seeing a doctor immediately when screened with thyroid disease and get treated. Screening is important as an undiagnosed and untreated thyroid disease may put patients at a risk of certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and infertility. Stay tuned for our next blog on how Thyroid and Diabetes are interlinked to each other?

Transparent IV Dressings: A Better VAD Securement Option over Gauze & Tapes

Vascular Access Devices (VADs) are an essential element of modern medicine and healthcare.

Vascular access devices (VADs) are inserted into veins via peripheral or central vessels for diagnostic or therapeutic reasons, such as blood sampling, central venous pressure readings, administration of medication, fluids, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) and blood transfusions.

It has been documented that about 90% of hospitalized patients require VADs, which help in the administration of medications, fluids, nutrition, and monitoring & diagnostics. Although the insertion of such devices has become a routine procedure, much importance is not given to the securement techniques and dressings.

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Lymphedema: How to care and manage?

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a chronic disease associated with the lymphatic system, which results in swelling in one or more parts of the body. It usually develops in the arms or legs due to the accumulation of lymph fluid.

This condition occurs when the lymph fluid doesn’t flow properly in the lymphatic vessels due to the loss of lymph nodes or a blockage resulting from cancer treatment, trauma, surgeries etc.
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Taking Antibiotics for everything could be harmful

Do you take antibiotics for your common cold and sometimes experience that your antibiotic isn’t working? Do you always complete your antibiotics course? Have you been missing days in-between your antibiotics dose?

Do you always consult your doctor before taking any antibiotics? If you have had such experiences, then continue reading to find out more.

What are Antibiotics & how they help treat infections?

Antibiotics are the drugs that fight bacteria. They work either by killing the bacteria or by slowing down their growth. Antibiotics, therefore, are also known as, Antimicrobial or Antibacterial.

Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria and certain parasites. Viral infections such as bronchitis, stuffy nose, flu, common cold, and sore throats should not be treated with antibiotics.

Increasing Consumption of Antibiotics “The Miracle Drugs”

Antibiotics are the wonders of modern science and are often considered “miracle drugs”. The burden of infectious diseases is comparatively high in developing countries like India. Antibiotics have a critical role in reducing morbidity and mortality.

As per a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which projected the total global antibiotics consumption through 2030 by tracking the data from 76 different countries, it has been shown that the antibiotic consumption in India has shot up by 103% from 2000 to 2015. The average consumption has also increased by 63% between the same years.

The increase in antibiotic consumption may expose humans to possible side effects.

What is Antibiotic resistance?

Antibiotic resistance is the ability of a microorganism to withstand the effects of an antibiotic. It occurs naturally because of antibiotic misuse. It is one of the biggest threats to global health and development today.

One should always take antibiotics on a doctor’s consultation and must always complete the therapy course. Whenever we leave the course incomplete, a few bacteria including superbugs survive and are able to thrive. The antibiotic is not able to work in such cases and thereby you develop ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE.

Antibiotic Misuse leading to Resistance & Emergence of Superbugs

It is not necessary to take antibiotics for all mild infections like a cold, cough, flu, etc. Taking the antibiotics when we don’t need them and leaving the course incomplete may put us at more risk. It thereby becomes essential to take the antibiotics’ dose as recommended by the doctor or as instructed in the patient information leaflet.

Healthcare organizations worldwide have been working to minimize the use of antibiotics especially in cases where they are not required. Antibiotic misuse has led to the emanation of SUPERBUGS. Superbugs are strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to different antibiotics.

Following are few of the Superbugs:

  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Multidrug-resistant- Tuberculosis bacteria
  • New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase bacteria (NDM-1)
  • Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)

The concern is that the existing antibiotics can’t effectively manage these new strains of bacteria. The infections caused by these superbugs are serious and difficult to treat as well. Such infections are increasing the mortality rate across the world.

No new antibiotic has been developed since the 1980s and the new antibiotic pipeline is nearly empty. A large number of people are developing resistances every year. On an average 21,000 people die in the US because of antibiotic resistance.

In India, the problem of Antibiotic Resistance is a major concern because of an increased infection rate, poor waste management, and indiscriminate antibiotics use. Antibiotics Resistance has become an ordeal for the healthcare industry because several procedures like Cancer Chemotherapy and Organ Transplantation are also at risk.

Don’t Borrow Antibiotics

We should never take antibiotics from anyone else to use. We should only take what is prescribed to us. Antibiotics may have drug interactions with other medications that you are taking or may not be suitable for you as it is possible to be allergic to certain antibiotics.

Some antibiotics may not be suitable to take in certain medical conditions like pregnancy or breastfeeding. It is thereby recommended to read the patient information leaflet before starting the antibiotics course and discussing with your physician.

Save your Antibiotics & Antibiotics will Save You

So next time you feel a bit under the weather, don’t take antibiotics as a first course of treatment. A cup of ginger tea could work better for you. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them could make them stop working for you when you actually need them.

So, save antibiotics, yourself and your loved ones from untreatable bacterial infections. Always seek an expert’s advice before taking antibiotics.

 

Blood Transfusion: Life Saving

Have you ever thought about how many lives could be saved by blood transfusion? As per the American Red Cross Society, 1 donation can potentially save up to 3 lives. In India, every two seconds someone needs blood.

If you are amazed by this fact then you should learn more about this. Blood transfusion is not only helping to save lives but also helping to change millions of lives as it is essential during surgeries, cancer treatment, traumatic injuries, and chronic illnesses.
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