University of California, Irvine Medical Center Signs With Impulse Monitoring, Inc. to Provide Supplemental Neuromonitoring Services
Published: May 18, 2010
COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Impulse Monitoring, Inc. (IMI), a leading provider of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) services to hospitals, today announced that it has signed an agreement with the University of California-Irvine Medical Center to provide supplemental IONM technologist and real-time physician oversight support services. "Earning a position among the nation’s leading medical centers requires a concerted effort to strive for excellence in every way possible,” said Howard L. Kim, M.D., Neurology, University of California - Irvine Medical Center. “Impulse’s neuromonitoring will play an integral part in helping us continue this commitment to excellence in the surgical suite by providing us with as needed professional support to ensure the safest possible experience for our patients." IONM assesses neurological function involving the brain, spinal cord and related nerve structures during such surgeries. Use of IONM facilitates the surgical process and can reduce surgical risk by providing alerts to surgeons of potential harm to the spinal cord or neural structures. Under the Impulse Monitoring model, technicians or neurophysiologists located in the operating room work in partnership with supervising physicians who oversee the interpretation of neurophysiological data gathered via real-time broadband transmission. About University of California- Irvine Medical Center The University of California – Irvine Medical Center is part of the UCI School of Medicine. Ranked as one of the top 50 U.S. medical schools for research by U.S. News & World Report, University of California, Irvine's School of Medicine is dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and clinical practice through scholarly research, physician education and high-quality care. The medical school nurtures the development of medical students, resident physicians and scholars in the clinical and basic sciences and supports the dissemination of research advances for the benefit of society. Visit the UCI School of Medicine website at: www.som.uci.edu. About Impulse Monitoring Impulse Monitoring, Inc. (IMI) provides surgical support services to hospitals and other facilities that include onsite and remote intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) for spinal, nerve and brain-related surgeries, and Autotransfusion (AT). IONM allows early detection of neurological compromise and identification of functional neural structures during surgery. IMI’s AT service captures and cleanses a patient’s own blood before and during surgery, making it available for transfusion instead of donated blood. Visit the IMI website at: www.imi.net.