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The Self-Empowering and Enabling Kiosk (SEEK) is an automated health monitoring system to complement patient care. As a one-stop kiosk, it allow patients with well-controlled chronic diseases to measure physiological elements such as blood pressure, height and weight, with customized questionnaire. This reduces the frequency that patients consult their doctors and thus reduces waiting time.
- Management of chronic diseases- General health screening
Market Trends and Opportunities
SEEK allows time and cost saving for patients by reducing waiting time at clinics and face-to-face consultation with doctors. The redistribution of manpower within primary care sector will allow intervention to more urgent medical needs.
SEEK is a convenient platform situated at community areas where patients can monitor their health. It increase access to primary care and allow redistribution of resources within primary care sector. SEEK will complements office-based physician consultations.
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Dysphagia has been associated with poor nutritional status. Among the elderly, poor nutritional status is consistently associated with increased risk of adverse clinical outcomes, both in terms of morbidity and mortality. Through modification of the food texture, it reduces the risk of choking and provide a nutritionally balanced diet that is culturally appropriate.
-People suffering form dysphagia-Healthcare institutions and in homes to address nutritional needs and ensure safe swallowing
Singapore is experiencing an ageing population with longer life expectancy. It is therefore crucial for the elderly to maintain good health with optimal nutrition. As chronic illnesses becomes more prevalent, the number of elderly with dysphagia is expected to increase. The availability of a textured modified food can increase the confidence of caretakers without compromising on safety and nutrition. It can also potentially reduce the demand for hospital beds and reduce healthcare cost in the long term.
Ready-to-eat textured modified meals will meet the nutritional requirements that is convenient and economical for caretakers and patients with dysphagia.
Multiple reported errors in administration or wrong dosage of IV insulin can lead to adverse consequences including severe hypoglycaemia and even death. This typically occurs when inexperienced medical staff withdraws insulin using non-insulin syringes leading to an overdose. The Insulin Guard is a safety cap fitted onto actrapid insulin vials to aid users with the use of insulin syringe only during the withdrawing of insulin from Actrapid vials.
-For use when insulin (Actrapid) need to be administered. E.g. Hospital, nursing homes, clinics, homecare.
With the increased utilisation of Actrapid insulin vial in various healthcare setting, the disposable Insulin Guard could be widely adopted to aid insulin administration.
By allowing only insulin syringes for insulin withdrawal, Insulin Guard supports insulin administration procedure.
The pleural drainage device automates the process of draining bodily fluid from cavities. By allowing pre-selection of volume and rate, it minimizes human intervention and result in higher quality of patient care and safety in the process.
-Controlled rate and volume of generic fluid drainage for body cavities-Reversal of system for rate-controlled fluid of medication infusion
Accumulation of fluids in body cavities resulting from diseases are on the rise. To improve the process of bodily fluid drainage, a system with controlled and precise measurement will enhance the safety and efficiency of the drainage procedure.
With minimal human intervention, the drainage system can reduce the probability of human errors, and in turn enhance patient safety.
The lung simulation model is capable of simulating diaphragmatic contractions and different pleural pressures to aid in the education and training of medical personnel. By providing a realistic representation of the human lung, this model omits the reliance on static models, mannequins and animal lungs for training, consequently, achieving improved training outcomes.
-It could be used as a teaching tool for medical personnel to simulate different permutations of lung conditions.-It could also be used in place of animal models for testing of medical devices.
The model will be a unique teaching tool for training medical personnel. It will benefit the medical personnel as they can be exposed to various dynamic lung conditions.
Medical personnel will benefit from the training using the simulation model which in turn translate into better care for patients and improves patient safety.
BWard is a biomedical sensing, monitoring and alerting device that detects active re-bleeding at the site of venous catheter extraction. The use of Bward augment the process of regular inspection and allow medical staff to attend to more urgent medical needs.
-Applicable to medical needs where differentiation between blood and other bodily fluids is necessary-Monitoring of wounds in patients who have undergone surgery
Due to the type of sensors used in BWard technology, it is more cost effective and has higher accuracy than current competitors.
The real-time monitoring system can provide better care for patients where intervention from medical personnel can be administered in a timely manner, thus reducing the probability of catastrophic consequences.
An in-house developed call bell system, designed for patients who are unable to use the normal nurse call bell system due to certain constraints and disabilities. It is designed for high sensitivity for trigger, with low false alarm.
-To assist patients with traumatic cervical cord injury, children and adults with cerebral palsy, temporal or sudden loss of vision, and other motor-neuron diseases, and others with mobility constraints to call for nurses or their caregivers when desired.
Market Trends and Opportunities
The disability from cervical cord injury is usually acute and can occur at any stage of life. Significant proportion of such injuries are irreversible or patients are on a relatively long road to recovery, thus this technology can provide long-term assistance for patients to call for caregivers.
It is a portable and highly adaptable call bell system, which could be used in both institutional care and home care settings. Caregivers would not need to monitor patients continuously.
The invention is a disposable contraption that can be easily attached to the plunger of the syringe after loading of the drug. It aids the users for drug delivery through a hard-stop mechanism with each numbered brake corresponding to a volume of 1mL. The brakes can be snapped off in 1mL adjustment, hence allowing dose titration. For e.g. breaking off 2 brakes would allow the plunger to deliver 2mL of the drug.
Potential Application-Applicable to user who administer any multi-dose parenteral drugs contained in a syringe where inadvertent administration of full contents is possible resulting in medication error.
-Syringe Brake aids the use of syringe by ensuring a more controlled delivery.
As the device aids medication delivery through syringes, it could be applied in community hospitals, nursing homes, and other tertiary healthcare settings.
Its sleek design appeals to the user as it does not affect the current maneuverability or handling of the syringe during drug administration. By providing an easy slot on design to the syringe, it aids users during medication delivery, thereby enhancing patient safety.
The connector facilities effective nebulisation by keeping the nebulisation chamber in an optimum position with its unique angle, for patients who are unable to sit upright unassisted.
-Applicable to all tracheostomy patients who are on room air in various settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and homecare.
Market Trends and Opportunities
There is currently no suitable product available in the market that could optimise nebulisation for tracheostomy patients who are bed-ridden and unable to sit upright unassisted.
It ensures optimisation in medication delivery when nebulisation is performed on tracheostomy patients who are unable to sit upright unassisted. The product enhances the efficacy of medication delivery to patients to loosen thick mucus and phlegm in their airway.
Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed under ultrasound and fluoroscopy guidance for large renal stones removal. Successful execution of PCNL is challenging due to respiratory movement of the patient’s kidney and involuntary motion of the surgeon.
-The targeted application for this system is in PCNL for renal stone operation.
-The system can be extended to a wider range of surgical procedures including heart and lung related procedures, where surgeons also extract tissues through needle punctures.
The robot comprises of a vision tracking capability to track the movement of the kidney and guide the needle, keeping the ultrasound probe in contact with the patient’s skin throughout the procedure.
The guided ultrasound probe and motion compensation robot reduces reliance on manual control, experience, dexterity, and ensure a higher standard of healthcare delivery during surgery. It also reduces the risk of multiple needle punctures that may increase risk of bleeding and damage to patient’s nearby organs.
The quick release foot strap is a novel passive mechanism which harnesses deceleration forces for safe, controlled and coordinated release of the sailors’ foot. This reduces incidence and seriousness of injuries in sailing events during capsizes and collisions. Sailors are usually flung violently with foot strapped, putting enormous strain on their knees, ankles and feet.
-It could be introduced to competitive high performance boats to reduce injury rates among competitive sailors.
Increase in injury rates due to technological advances in sailing has called for improvement in existing foot strap design to lower the incidence of injuries where faster boats are gaining popularity.
The quick release foot strap releases the foot when a certain level of torque is applied. This passive mechanism help keeps the incidence and seriousness of sailing injuries low, while faster boats gain popularity.
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