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47. MedTake Part 1

47. MedTake Part 1

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byVince Ciotti
© 2011 H.I.S. Professionals, LLC 
Episode # 47:
Part 1
Bedside Matters
The past two series of HIS-tory episodes covered two of the earliest
micro systems that first placed HIS devices at the patient’s bedside:
NCR’s “PNUT” (Portable Nursing Unit Terminal), circa 1982
CliniCom’s “CliniCare,” launched by Peter Gombrich in 1984
Although a little out of sequence, this week we are covering thegranddaddy of all bedside micro devices, that debuted in the
- This product is so old, even
(whose wife is forever moaningabout the boxes in our garage!)
don’t have any pictures of it!
 - The story begins with a start-upfrom Hauppauge, Long Island,named
Patient Technology, Inc
,who developed & patented aportable, electronic thermometercalled per their patent application:
According to the later
prospectus from PTI’s
1983 Public Offering:
“The SURVALENT thermometry
system was originally developed byPTI prior to 1974. In June 1974, PTI
sold its rights… to a subsidiary of J&J.
“The thermometer weighs 10
ounces and is hand carried by thenurse or technician taking the
patient’s temperature.
 -I remember seeing a picture of theSURVALENT, which was carried in asmall crate (like a 6-pack) thatincluded a battery and about 20disposable, sanitary probe covers.-Again from the the prospectus:
“Interchangeable color
-codedprobes (rectal and oral) are

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