A selection of the visitors to iRSM®, general media events spotlighting iRSM, and other iRSM activities are listed below:
The essence of the idea
Hearing loss and deafness affect at least 278 million people worldwide, two thirds of whom live in developing countries with limited care. My idea is to use an iPod touch to test hearing (point of care diagnostics) and then use the same device and headphones as a personal amplification device to give people greater access to the world of sound. WATCH THE VIDEO
Watch our iRSM video from the Annual general meeting.
iRSM was featured in the article "Research & Development Support for Alberta’s Medical Devices & Technologies" by Claudia Sammer, in the first edition of "Cool Companies: Alberta’s Medical Devices & Technologies". [ CLICK HERE to view pdf ]
Governments of Canada and Alberta invest to move biomedical engineered products to market
Edmonton, Alberta - Improved technologies for implantable hearing devices and an innovative neurosurgical tool from the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM) at the Misericordia Community Hospital could soon benefit the health and wellness of Canadians.
To view the News Release information. [ CLICK HERE ]
Dr. Bill Hodgetts and Ben King represented iRSM in a video being produced by Alberta Employment and Immigration about “World Class Health Facilities in Alberta”. This video will be used to promote the unique opportunities in the health care profession in Alberta.
Head & Neck Triage Clinics
iRSM initiated the Head & Neck Triage Clinics in January of 2010. These will significantly help to triage patients who are true Osseo candidates and those who could access care elsewhere (wear regular dentures, etc). It is helping expedite patient access to this first step in the IO treatment pathway and use the surgeon’s time more efficiently when they attend the Head and Neck Collaborative Consult clinic. These clinics are conducted monthly, with the surgeon attending every third month to meet with those requiring further surgery or surgical consultation.
Jaw Reconstruction Implant Program
Historically, in the Jaw Reconstruction Implant Program, patient treatment is staged over several years and patients are without teeth from resection to completion of restoration (>3 years). iRSM is initiating a new surgical reconstruction technique for patients in the Jaw Reconstruction Implant Program (designed by Dr. Dennis Rohner, Switzerland). This technique focuses on preoperative planning and fabrication of a drilling template for implant insertion and fibular osteotomies (improves design of the reconstruction and allows for more accurate implant placement); placement of implants and creation of a stable peri‐implant soft tissue attachment in a first surgical procedure on the fibula; fabrication of the dental prosthesis prior to the reconstruction; reconstruction of the maxilla with the prefabricated free vascularized fibular flap and attached prosthetics; immediate postoperative functional loading.
This new procedure is expected to yield major benefit to iRSM patients: more predictable outcomes due to detailed pre‐operative digital planning, elimination of one surgical procedure (Phase II surgery), significant reduction in treatment time (from years to months) and immediate aesthetic results as patients emerge with an oral prosthesis in place following a major resection.
Completion of the first surgical procedure of this two stage technique occurred in April 2010.
Dr. Bill Hodgetts featured in the Edmonton Journal. “Loud headphones could mean permanent hearing damage: Researcher” by Taylor Bendig, Canwest News Service; January 22, 2010.
Story picked up by: Breakfast Television (Global TV Edmonton); Globe and Mail, CTV News Net; Vancouver Province; Ottawa Citizen; The First Reporter.com; Science Centric.com. Other Websites that the article appeared on: Canada.com, About‐news and issues, Daily News and Analysis, Times of India, OneIndia, TopNews, NewstrackIndia, Daily India, Gaea Times, Little About, Sindh Today, Thaindian, WestSide Story, Bounty, NewsMedical.net, Red Orbit and PhysOrg.
iRSM featured in Cool Companies Magazine – First Edition Canada 2010