Dräger Opens Design Center in India

In the new Dr¤ger Design Center in Mumbai, India, users and planners can work together with Dr¤ger experts to plan and design their medical workplaces under realistic conditions. Located in the Goldline Business Center in Malad (West) in Mumbai, India, the 290 square meters showroom is the ideal setting for medical users, planners and architects to experience cuttingedge Dr¤ger medical technology in real-life setting.


The opening of our newest design center and showroom marks an open invitation for our customers to come and experience this functional space where we have recreated acute care areas explains Michael Karsta, President of the region Middle East/Africa. Visitors of the hospital area can experience their workplace before it is actually set up. The visitors of the Design Center can trace a patients progress through the stages of transport ventilation, resuscitation, induction, surgery, post-operative, recovery and intensive care. This gives visitors first-hand experience with various Dr¤ger devices in action, such as anaesthesia workstations (e.g. Fabius Plus, Primus) as well as ICU ventilation, respiratory monitoring or ceiling supply units. In addition to the devices, we also showcase other solutions along the clinical pathway, such as a modular operation room, explains Nikil Rao, General Manager of the medical division in India. Using a 3D computer application, the desired configuration can then be created as a virtual working environment and can be documented. This results in a customized solution that is tailored to the clients precise specifications, without the need for costly modifications after installation.

The design center offers a training room to accommodate 22 people and an additional meeting facility for 8 people. The
market for medical technology in India is rapidly expanding. The medical technology industry is expected to grow from USD 2.75 Billion in 2008 to USD 14.0 Billion in 2020. This growth is fuelled mainly by demand from major cities.

Alzheimers Affects Women More Quickly


A study reveals men can stave off the effects of Alzheimers for longer than women, whose condition deteriorate faster when affected by the disease.

The study found that women suffering from Alzheimers deteriorate faster than men, even
when both are apparently at the same stage of the disease.

The findings suggest that women sufferers show greater loss of their mental faculties than men, whose brains are better at coping with the ravages of the disease.

The stage of progression of Alzheimers is measured using general tests, such as those based on behavior, the Daily Mail reported. More detailed tests, such as verbal skills tests, on sufferers who were at an apparently equal stage of the disease suggested men have an advantage in coping with its effects. A man with Alzheimers consistently outperformed women sufferers in detailed tests of memory and even verbal ability, where healthy women normally have the advantage.

Study Says 206 Million Indians Use Smokeless Tobacco

Having nearly 275 million tobacco users, India ranks second globally and very close to China (approximately 301 million users). But unlike China, where nearly all are smokers and nearly 95 per cent smoke manufactured cigarettes, India accounts for more of smokeless tobacco users ” 206 million, says a study in The Lancet.

The study analysed the data from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) conducted between October 2008 and March 2010. The data from 14 low and middle-income countries that collectively contribute to most of the disease burden attributable to tobacco use was compared with that of the U.K and the U.S. The number of people surveyed was different in the case of each country. India had the highest number surveyed, both of men and women.

Chewing tobacco accounted for almost all of the smokeless tobacco consumption in India. Various forms of loose-leaf chewed tobacco are commonly consumed in the Indian subcontinent, states the paper. Smokeless tobacco use is particularly prent in India, Bangladesh, and in Thai women. In the case of India, 23 per cent of men were smokers during 2008-2010. This is comparable with the percentage seen in the U.S. and slightly higher than the U.K figure.

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