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Aparato para el tratamiento y monitorización de la fusión pleural

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOUK20160211001
Publicado:
15/02/2016
Caducidad:
15/02/2017
Resumen:
Investigadores de un hospital universitario escocés han desarrollado un nuevo tratamiento que permite que los pacientes con neumotórax sean tratados principalmente en el hogar, generando grandes beneficios económicos. El neumotórax es la acumulación de aire en el espacio pleural fuera del pulmón. El equipo de investigación busca socios académicos o comerciales del sector de tecnologías médicas para desarrollar conjuntamente y lanzar la tecnología a un mercado más amplio.

Details

Tittle:
Apparatus for the treatment and monitoring of Pleurifusions
Summary:
Pneumothorax is accumulation of air in the pleural space outside of the lung. This is otherwise known as a Collapsed Lung. Researchers at a UK hospital have developed a novel treatment which will enable Pneumothorax patients to be treated mostly at home - offering great health economic benefits. The Scottish group wish to invite technical co-development partnerships with Medical Technology academic or commercial partners to bring this innovation to a wider market.
Description:
Pneumothorax is accumulation of air in the pleural space outside of the lung. This is otherwise known as a Collapsed Lung. There are two types of pneumothorax - spontaneous or traumatic.
With spontaneous pneumothoraces, the treatment requires the provision of a step for the gas to escape. This is done by inserting a drain to act as a vent. Traditionally, this drain was connected to an underwater seal bottle. However, the treatment offered here, incorporates a one-way valve (in this case, a Heimleich Valve) to the drain allowing the patient to be more ambulatory and dispenses of the need to have an underwater seal bottle. The valve allows a one-way flow of gas and sometimes liquid, to escape from the chest cavity - This allows the collapsed lung to expand over time.
This procedure enables the patient to be treated mostly at home -as opposed to conventional treatments which require in-patient care.


Advantages and Innovations:
The approach by this research group is to treat patients with spontaneous pneumothorax at home attaching the drain to an Heimlich Valve.

Patients are treated at home rather than in hospital (as with existing treatment), offering improved patient and health economic benefits.

The key advantages and innovations of the apparatus include:

¿ it is portable and is suitable for the patient to wear
¿ it is a single patient device - it is not anticipated that it will be reused
¿ it will typically be in situ for around 10 days but should be capable of being in place for up to 30 days
¿ it is as unobtrusive as practicable while maintaining functionality
¿ it incorporates a chest drain or is capable of being attached to a chest drain
¿ it includes a Heimlich Valve or similar one way flow valve allowing gas flow that can be vented to the atmosphere
¿ it monitors in real time the existence of gas flow
¿ it measures gaseous flow rate
¿ it collects and stores flow data so as to allows real time data collection and transmission to a medical team
¿ it includes an ability to communicate an alert remotely to the medical team which could include real time data transfer (for monitoring)
¿ it will activate an alarm for both patient and clinician (remotely) if the gas flow stops
¿ it can accommodate both liquid and gaseous emissions and
can separate the two and monitor the flow of the gaseous element
¿ it collects the liquid element for subsequent disposal or potential analysis
¿ The liquid collector is readily changeable/disposable (presently bags gets changed every 4-5 days)

Typically for patients without complications, it takes around 10 days for the treatment to be effective.




Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Design Rights

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
- Type of partner sought: Academic or commercial groups

- Specific area of activity of the partner: Medical technology

- Task to be performed by the partner sought: further commercial development to help reach wider EU markets

Client

Type and Size of Client:
R&D Institution
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
06001017 Cirugía
06001007 Medicina de urgencias
06001021 Productos de un único uso y bienes de consumo
06001013 Tecnología médica / ingeniería biomédica