Designing a new medical device is a bit more complicated than designing a toaster or an automotive cooling system. Besides the issues common to any product—feasibility, usability, and design for manufacture and assembly—there are also issues of biocompatibility, sterilization and FDA regulations to deal with.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium responsible for many hard-to-treat and life-threatening infections, including pneumonia and blood poisoning. MRSA is especially troublesome in hospitals, prisons and nursing homes, where patients with open wounds, invasive devices and weakened immune systems are at greater risk of infection.
MENOMONIE, WI—Drug device manufacturer Phillips-Medisize plans to open a new 80,000-square-foot assembly plant here. Expected to create 100 jobs, the factory will assemble high-volume, pre-filled, drug delivery systems.
Light is critical for our health and well-being. In the morning, bright light helps us wake up and feel alert and energized. At night, dimmer light cues us to go to sleep. Equally important, the right type of light enables hospitals to provide surgery and other essential medical services 24/7.
LOGAN, UT—Boston Scientific’s medical device factory in Cork, Ireland, and Rexam’s beverage can factory in Querétaro, Mexico, have been named the winners of this year’s Shingo Prize for operational excellence in manufacturing.