BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — As of Monday, Baltimore County has a total of 19,043 positive new coronavirus cases, according to the Baltimore County Health Department, and 622 deaths. The state has 116,646 confirmed cases and 3,696 deaths total, reports the Maryland Department of Health. More than 14,884 people have been hospitalized.
The number of confirmed cases in Baltimore County nursing homes stands at 717. The number of death cases in Baltimore County nursing homes is at 104.
The following zip codes have the highest confirmed case counts in Baltimore County as of Oct. 12:
21222 with 1,411 cases
21234 with 1,364 cases
21117 with 1,258 cases
21228 with 1,297 cases
21220 with 1,114 cases
The county health department has its own website created to monitor the situation, broken down by new cases per day and other data.
The CDC advises doing the following to stop the spread of the virus:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If this is not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Keep 6 feet of space between people.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
This article originally appeared on the Catonsville Patch
Reflow Medical, Inc., a California-based medical device company, announced that Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) has approved the Wingman™ CTO Catheter. Reflow Medical has partnered with Century Medical, Inc. (CMI), a leading medical device distributor based in Tokyo, to introduce the Wingman CTO Catheter in Japan.
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Wingman CTO Catheter (Photo: Business Wire)
The Wingman Catheter crosses peripheral CTOs using an extendable beveled tip. The physician controls the advancement and activation of the tip to create a channel to help penetrate, or cross, the occlusion with a guidewire, enabling further treatment of the lesion with therapeutic devices. The catheter is compatible with the physician’s preferred guidewire and procedural technique.
Approval by Japan’s PMDA follows the completion of the Wing-IT CTO clinical trial, a prospective, international, multicenter study that treated 85 patients and followed them for 30 days. The Wingman Catheter was able to demonstrate a 90% crossing rate when up to two previous guidewires could not cross the CTOs, meeting its primary safety and efficacy endpoints.
“We are very excited to launch the Wingman CTO catheter in the Japanese market,” said CMI President and CEO Takahiko Motani. “This product should have a significant impact on the Japanese peripheral market by helping physicians address specific treatment challenges within a growing patient population. We look forward to providing this new and unique device in partnership with Reflow Medical, Inc.”
“Reflow Medical focuses their efforts on developing technologies based on physicians’ needs,” said John R. Laird, MD, of Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute in St. Helena, California. Dr. Laird was the principal investigator for the study. “We rely on Reflow for real clinical evidence when utilizing the technology.”
“It is an honor for our device to have gained approval by Japan’s PMDA,” noted Reflow Medical Co-founder and CEO Isa Rizk. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with a fantastic organization like Century Medical.”
Reflow’s Wingman Crossing Catheter received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the expanded CTO indication for the Wingman Crossing Catheter in March 2020 after completing the Wing-IT clinical trial.
About Reflow Medical, Inc.
Reflow Medical, Inc. is a private company focused on empowering physicians through the design and development of innovative and effective technologies for cardiovascular disease. Reflow is developing a family of products to treat cardiovascular disease.
About Century Medical, Inc.
Century Medical, Inc. (CMI) is one of the largest independent medical device distributors in Japan, with more than 40 years of experience marketing medical devices. CMI has been a pioneering force, successfully introducing many new technologies to the Japanese healthcare community. Century Medical, Inc, is a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation.
About Chronic Total Occlusions (CTO) in Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Chronic total occlusions (CTO) of the lower extremities are found in 40% of symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients. Endovascular options for the treatment of a CTO can be complex; conventional wire and catheter technique have a
TUSCALOOSA, AL. — The number of inpatient COVID-19 cases for DCH Health System across its three hospitals has hit its highest mark in more than a month, according to Monday’s update from DCH.
As of 4 p.m. Monday, DCH reported 69 inpatient COVID-19 cases, which is up from 50 two weeks ago and represents the most patients being treated in the hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus since the system reported 69 cases on Aug. 21.
The number of COVID-19 patients being treated in the hospital’s intensive care units (ICUs) as of Monday afternoon — 25 — is also the same number seen on Aug. 21 and a total increase of five over the last two weeks.
While inpatient totals at DCH have been on a steady climb since Labor Day weekend and the beginning of in-person instruction for local schools and colleges, Monday’s inpatient figures are still well-short of a surge brought on by the Fourth of July holiday that saw the hospital top triple-digit totals for its COVID-19 inpatients.
An increase worth noting could also be seen in the number of patients being treated on ventilators, which climbed to 11 as of Monday, compared to “five or fewer” reported on Sept. 21.
According to Monday’s update of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, Tuscaloosa has confirmed a cumulative total of 6,606 COVID-19 cases. Of those cases, 1,938 were confirmed over the last 14 days.
Since Aug. 21, the hospital has also reported 49 deaths of inpatients at DCH who tested positive for COVID-19. To date, 195 inpatients who tested positive have died at DCH, 107 of whom were Tuscaloosa residents.
In its latest update, DCH did say the volume at its remote site in the Laundry Lot just west of DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa has been on a gradual decline, prompting the system to reduce the number of days and changing the hours of operation.
Starting this week, DCH says the site will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from, 8 a.m. until noon.
This article originally appeared on the Tuscaloosa Patch
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