Medical Design Technology® January/February 2017 / 7
Designed for Kids to
Grow with Treatment
Rods are implanted and attached to
a child’s spine to help prevent the
progression of early onset scoliosis.
Rods come in 4.5mm, 5.5mm, and
6.0mm diameters and are attached to
the spine with at least eight titanium
alloy anchors. The goal is to help the
child reach a thoracic spine height of
Device Allows Patients to
“Watch Out” for Seizures
While worn, data is collected and
analyzed in real-time. It also analyzes
previous data to help find patterns
within habits. In the next coming
months, the watch will have a stress
feature, which will be able to notify
the caregiver on their smartphone
when something is wrong, such as
when unusually high stress levels
Victoria Team Creates
The hands are controlled with shoulder shrugs and a shoulder harness.
Strong shoulder shrugs result in
tighter hand grips. The design is a
cross between a cosmetic hand and
a functional split hook. The user can
hold a cellphone or carry a bag. However, it does not provide the strength
of a fully functioning hand.
Bassinet Designed for
Babies in Emerging
The Otter Newborn Warmer is a
bassinet designed to keep newborn
babies warm. The team created the
device with the “easy-to-use” factor
in mind in hopes that it would be
used. A clear polycarbonate (PC)
material is used for the bassinet.
This material allows for a seamless
design, important for preventing bacteria from living in the warm crevices
of the bassinet.
Sensor in Patch Monitors
The system also keeps a record of the
baby’s temperatures, allowing parents to take notice of patterns in their
baby’s health. The patch is applied to
the baby’s underarm. Parents activate
it by pressing the “Start” button on
the patch and are alerted when there
is a spike in temperature.
Barricaid Blocks Pain for
Herniated Disc Patients
Manufacturers created Barricaid
with titanium as is it can be used to
anchor to bone. The anchor provides
a foundation for the mesh so it says
in place when pressure is applied to
the mesh. The surface of the anchor
is designed with a texture to help the
bone grow onto the anchor.
Can You Hear Your
A new sensor incorporates Photopleth-ysmography (PPG) technology to measure blood flow signals and translate
them into a pulse rate. Similar to the
traditional PPG approach, the Perform-Tek sensor uses an optical emitter to
shine light on the skin. Using a photo-detector, it senses the scattered light
and measures weak blood flow signals.