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Cleveland Clinic Unveils 'Top 10' Medical Innovations for 2010
Date:10/7/2009

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4. Non-Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants: Predictable and well-tolerated alternatives to the oral anticoagulant warfarin that provide a more convenient -- and safe -- way for patients to dose themselves and prevent blood-clot formation.

3. Continuous-Flow Ventricular Assist Devices: Tiny 3-ounce devices surgically attached alongside the heart that quietly and effectively take over the pumping ability of the heart.

2. Low-Volume, Low-Pressure Tracheal Tube Cuff To Reduce Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: A device that dramatically reduces the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia and death in the hospital ICU by providing continuous effective airway seals.

1. Bone Conduction of Sound For Single-Sided Deafness: A new non-surgical, removable hearing and communication device designed to imperceptibly transmit sound via the teeth to help people with single-sided deafness.

"Cleveland Clinic is known for its tradition of innovation, and this Top Ten list reflects the hospital's continuing commitment to exploring new ways to treat illnesses and to develop new therapies," said Christopher Coburn, Executive Director, Innovations, the Cleveland Clinic's corporate venturing arm.

Four major criteria served as the basis for qualifying and selecting the Top 10 Medical Innovations. Nominated innovations were required to:

  • Have significant potential for short-term clinical impact (either a major improvement in patient benefit or an improved function that enhances healthcare delivery).
  • Have a high probability of success.
  • Be on the market or close to being introduced.
  • Have sufficient data available to support its nomination.

The Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2010 were announced today at the seventh annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit. In developing the Top 10, Cleveland
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