Covid -19 and the CAT Doppler
  • mikebrampton
  • June 16, 2020
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The whole Covid-19 pandemic has made us all contemplate our lives – why do we do the things that we do? What makes us get up in the morning? How can I help the rest of the world, and what does all this actually mean? Small Business, Big Reach Many people look at the CAT…

Our Renewed Commitment to the Environment
  • mikebrampton
  • June 10, 2020
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The Covid-19 situation has shown us so many unexpected revelations – clean beaches, clear skies, reduced pollution, petrol at under a £1 a litre with no-where to go… But what it has really highlighted to us here at Thames Medical is just how much we love Planet Earth and all it’s inhabitants – especially the…

Brain Salad Surgery and the CAT Doppler
  • mikebrampton
  • June 3, 2020
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1994 Neuro Operating Theatres, Brook Hospital, Shooters Hill. I was working with Alan the SODA and a couple of Anaesthetists, learning about the skills and dangers of hypotensive anaesthesia for open brain surgery. The Flat Probe Doppler The key difficulty is balancing the hypotension to facilitate surgery on the open brain (with top of skull…

Polly put the Pulse Oximeter on
  • mikebrampton
  • May 25, 2020
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The year was 1993. I had owned a real company for about a week, and suddenly the phone started ringing. Shocked, I answered – “Thames Medical, how can I help you?” “I understand you can help me monitor a patient… who isn’t human,” said the voice on the other end. An Unusual Phone Call “This…

The Lioness, The Dentist and the BBC
  • mikebrampton
  • May 18, 2020
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“What do you think, Mike? Deep or light?” whispered John the Anaesthetist, after he clambered around the patient and over the wires, cables and general paraphernalia that filled the small cage we were working in. “I was going to ask you exactly the same thing.” I replied. An Unusual Patient We had both just checked…

The Lion, The Dentist and The Pulse Oximeter
  • mikebrampton
  • May 11, 2020
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“Would your device work on one of my patients?”, the gentleman sitting next to me asked. The Dentist The year was 1987. The place, a British Dental Association meeting somewhere in London. I had just addressed the British Dental Association advisory panel on Safety in Anaesthesia and Sedation (headed by Professor David Poswillo) and had…

What happens if I don’t replace my Capnograph Disposables?
  • mikebrampton
  • May 9, 2020
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Airway adapters, breathing circuits, sample lines and filters are all capnograph ‘disposables’ – designed to be replaced after every patient. This is not just so the manufacturers can keep customers paying out – there are sound clinical and physical reasons why this is recommended. Sidestream Capnographs Sidestream capnographs work by drawing a gas sample away…

Testing the CAT+ Doppler’s Resilience
  • mikebrampton
  • April 22, 2020
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They say cats have nine lives, but this is ridiculous… Recently, we’ve been testing the resilience of our CAT+ Dopplers, after learning that other competitor’s probes were easily broken. We know that the kit you purchase is expensive, and we want to make sure your product can perform under pressure. So we took it upon…