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September 2012 - Volume 9 - Issue 3

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South Florida Medical Providers Lead the Way in Excellence, Industry Innovation

As a law firm that works closely with thousands of doctors, hospitals, diagnostic centers and other medical providers, we have long been amazed to witness some of the ingenuity that emerges from the minds of those who keep health care on the cutting edge of advancement.
 
From new discoveries in understanding Alzheimer’s and cancer to pain management and less-invasive treatments for heart disease and stroke, medicine is one industry where innovations are constantly evolving in the fight to save lives, improve patient health and help us all keep illness at bay.
 
It’s heady stuff, and deserves recognition. In honor of these special men and women, and to give you a glimpse of their brilliance, we wanted to share some recent examples – culled from local media reports – of innovations devised and put to use in our own backyard:
 
Pain-free dental injections – Created by a Boca Raton dentist who loathed having to hurt his patients in order to help them, the DentalVibe looks like a toothbrush but does much more. Delivering gentle, pulsating vibrations to the site of a Novocain injection, it numbs the sensitive gum area long enough for the dentist to administer a pain-free shot. Dr. Steven Goldberg’s invention follows the “gate control theory of pain,” which holds that the brain receives vibrations much faster than pain, and if the vibrations arrive first, they shut the "pain gate," blocking the hurt from kicking in. Fully patented and approved, DentalVibe is now in use in about 70 dental offices across South Florida, and in more than 1,250 across the country.
 
Powdered vitamins – You’ve seen the sweetener packets. Now you can sprinkle vitamins into your drink, instead of choking them down in pill form, thanks to a product invented on Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. Devised when creator Steven Sponder got tired of taking vitamin pills, Vplenish is a vitamin boost that dissolves in liquid and provides 20 percent of a person’s recommended daily vitamins, including C, B6, B12, and D, as well as zinc, antioxidants and electrolytes. Cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, and even declared kosher, Vplenish is available in packs of 2,000 for $19.95 at Amazon.com, and should be for sale in retail stores next year, Sponder told the Sun Sentinel.
Research to cure paralysis – The federal government has given the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis approval to begin a groundbreaking clinical trial that researchers say could be the first step in curing paralysis, and even in treating neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Studying the effects of human cell transplants on people with spinal cord injuries, researchers believe cells taken from the patient’s own body and re-transplanted after growing in a culture for several weeks may protect and strengthen damaged spinal nerves.
 
Guarding against hospital infections – With hospital infections one of the biggest concerns in the delivery of health care, a number of South Florida hospitals are finding that a new test that screens patients for a key biomarker has helped them diagnose infections earlier and cut their death rate. The procalcitonin, or PCT, blood test enables doctors to accurately detect whether a patient has early warning signs of sepsis, a widespread inflammation caused by the body's over-reaction to an existing infection that can lead to blood clots, leaky vessels and even organ failure. One Fort Lauderdale hospital, Holy Cross, told the Sun Sentinel that since the PCT test was put to use, it has seen the number of deaths from sepsis infections tumble in half, saving about a dozen lives. The test, created by Thermo Fisher Scientific of Massachusetts, is used in more than 300 hospitals across the country, about 25 of them in South Florida.
 
These are only a glimpse at the difference ingenuity is making every day in the health care industry, and in the lives of the patients it serves. At Ellis, Ged & Bodden, we salute all the men and women who dedicate their lives and their talents to this important mission.

C. Glen Ged, Esq., is CEO of Ellis, Ged & Bodden, a Boca Raton-based law firm that specializes in collecting delayed or wrongly denied PIP insurance claims for health care providers. He can be reached at gged@ellisandged.com, 1-888-EGB-FIRM (342-3476) or (561) 995-1966.

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