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Membrana de caucho de silicona líquido para un dispositivo médico para beber

Resumen

Tipo:
Demanda Tecnológica
Referencia:
TRDE20180406001
Publicado:
12/04/2018
Caducidad:
12/04/2019
Resumen:
Una start-up alemana fundada en 2017, que trabaja en el sector médico, está interesada en mejorar su actividad clínica diaria con la optimización de productos y procesos para pacientes y personal de centros de cuidado. La empresa ha desarrollado un dispositivo para beber destinado a pacientes con disfagia o trastorno de deglución. Este producto consta de un mecanismo patentado con membrana de silicona para compensar el nivel de líquido al beber, y ayuda a los pacientes con disfagia o movilidad reducida a consumir sus bebidas sin la asistencia de los cuidadores. Gracias al mecanismo especial, el paciente puede beber con la cabeza agachada, evitando la asfixia y aspiración. La empresa busca fabricantes de esta membrana de silicona con el fin de establecer acuerdos de fabricación.

Details

Tittle:
Liquid silicone rubber membrane for medical drinking aid
Summary:
A Bavarian start-up working in the field of healthcare wants to improve daily clinical life by optimising products and processes for patients and staff of pension homes. They have developed a drinking aid for patients with dysphagia or swallowing disorder. The product has a patented mechanism with a silicone membrane to compensate the level of the fluid while drinking. They are now looking for production partners of this silicone membrane to enter into a manufacturing agreement.
Description:
The Bavarian start-up was founded in 2017. They focus on optimised healthcare products for elderly or disabled people and have developed a new drinking aid. When completely emptying a drinking vessel the patient usually has to bend the head backwards. This is a big problem for the elderly or people with neurogenic diseases.

On the one hand this is no longer possible for many people due to a restricted mobility, on the other hand an overstretching of the neck opens the airways and increases the risk of aspiration. If swallowing during the drinking process the patients are exposed to an increased risk of pneumonia.

Patients with a dysphagia should be classified as high-risk patients. They often suffer from recurrent respiratory infections and respiratory pneumonia. These complications and the associated lengthening of the retention period in the hospital raise the cost of treatment. In long-term care such as in nursing homes this leads to an incalculable occupancy.

This developed drinking system helps people with dysphagia and people with a restricted mobility to keep their normal drinking habits without nursing support.

Thanks to the special mechanism the affected persons can drink with his head down, preventing choking and aspiration. The cup can be emptied without changing the head position.

The lid component, which includes the membrane, is a consumable. It is disposed of in the clinic every day. In long-term care it is disposed of after one week. This leads to a production need of about 5 million membranes per year for the European market.

Partners capable to produce this component in above mentioned quantities are sought in the frame of a manufacturing agreement.
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
The membrane, which is key part of the mechanism, is approximately 150 micrometres thick and is made of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) with shore hardness 5 by injection molding.

The shot weight is about 4 grams.

Output of up to 5 million membranes per year.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
They are looking for production partners capable to manufacture the liquid silicone rubber membrane for the drinking aid.

They are also looking for producers of multi-cavity tools.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
German