The XtraFix, a modular instrument that facilitates external fixation procedures, was launched by Zimmer. The company said the device, designed to repair extremity fractures, reduces surgical steps, costs and time.
Zimmer Spine plans to shut down its facility and cut 88 jobs in Austin, Texas, as part of the company's efforts to streamline its business and merge its operations in Memphis, Tenn., and Minneapolis. Zimmer, an orthopedic device firm and affiliate of Zimmer Spine, also intends to eliminate five workers but will retain some operations at the Texas facility.
Reports of patient falls prompted the FDA to issue a Class I Recall notice for Mizuho OSI's Modular Table Systems, which situates patients during spinal surgery, orthopedic trauma and thoracic procedures.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a sensor that detected dilute levels of glucose in tears, which may potentially ease blood glucose testing in patients with diabetes. Experts tested the sensor in 12 rabbits and found that glucose levels in tears correlated with glucose levels in the blood, though the ratios differed for some of the rabbits. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University are working on a similar device.
Smith & Nephew is making a bid for the U.S. market with its Promos shoulder implant, which is to be introduced to selected surgeons this year and fully launched in 2010, said Joseph DeVivo, Smith & Nephew's orthopedics president. The company, which acquired Promos with the purchase of Plus Orthopedics in 2007, also plans to establish an extremities business division in Memphis, Tenn.