Devices On The Edge

Devices On The Edge

Minnesota became a hotspot for medical innovation in the latter half of the 19th century, when such world-class research institutions as the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and the University of Minnesota medical school in Minneapolis, were established. The state’s health care infrastructure has matured since then; it now supports both fledgling and established medical device and life science companies. There’s also a highly educated and specialized work force here, thanks in part to a long history of an availability of preeminent health care.

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Although cardiac therapies continue to occupy a large part of the Minnesota health care market and garner much of the media attention, a variety of products and innovations have put Minnesota on the map, including spine, diabetes, pain management, urinary, and wound care products.

 

—Katie Westfall

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Arterial Elasticity

Arterial Elasticity

An arterial elasticity test is used to determine the health of a patient’s vascular system. It’s a test that’s catching
Closing The Loop

Closing The Loop

Insulin pumps, which provide micro-doses of insulin to people who have diabetes, have been around since the 1980s. Medtronic was
Growing Bones

Growing Bones

Micromedics, Inc., a medical-products company based in St. Paul, has developed the Graft Delivery System with which doctors can literally
Seeing The (Air)Way

Seeing The (Air)Way

During some surgeries, anesthetists need to place an endotracheal tube in the patient’s airway to hold it open, allowing a

Spine Prep

People who are candidates for spinal fusion surgery usually have a history of back pain, tingling, or numbness due to

Stopping The Leak

Urinary incontinence affects 13 million people in the United States. In middle-aged and older women, it can be caused by

Stubborn Sores

Burns, diabetic foot ulcers, and chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers need special treatment to keep clean and heal. The
Stuck Together

Stuck Together

Patients with degenerative spinal-disc disease and other conditions often have leg and back pain that can be relieved only through

Valve Repair

Strong heart valves open completely, let blood flow to the next chamber, and then close to prevent blood from flowing