Reducing Human Error Risks
Pressure mapping technology can help facilitate groundbreaking applications in medical devices that improve the reliability and effectiveness of a procedure.
No one is perfect. There is no such thing as a perfect nurse, doctor, surgeon, or any other position in the medical profession. By developing medical devices that can measure their actions — such as the position or pressure of their applied treatments — their accuracy can be increased and patient discomfort can be reduced.
Case Example: Pinpointing Lumbar Puncture Position
Lumbar punctures may be a very widespread medical diagnostic procedure; however, they usually cause a lot of anxiety to patients. When dispensed correctly, the patient may feel little or no sensation during or following treatment. In case the needle isn't positioned correctly between the lumbar bones, the pain can be severe.
Lately, a medical device company has started to develop a new lumbar puncture syringe design incorporated with pressure mapping technology to help physicians and nurses spot the correct location to administer the treatment. When the syringe is placed against the patient’s spine, a real-time pressure output shown on a display screen would visibly reveal gaps between lumbar bones to administer the needle.
In addition to reducing inaccuracies, this application makes a major contribution by providing peace of mind to patients.
Figure 1. A new lumbar puncture syringe design incorporates pressure mapping technology to identify proper positioning before administration happens.
Other Similar Applications
- Standardizing manual evaluation technique
Prosthetic Joint Testing
Pressure mapping is an important clinical tool for physicians to enable their patients to lead a normal life.
Due to the developments in medical treatment, patients who experience major injuries may have an improved path to recovery than what used to be the case. Pressure mapping technology has been a valuable research tool to help make these developments possible.
Case Example: Improving Design, Fit, and Function of Prosthetics
For patients who lose their limbs from injury or illness, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Each prosthetic design is tailored to the specific requirements of the individual, which means every design detail matters.
Ultra-thin pressure mapping technology is the ideal tool to overcome difficulties faced by orthotists and prosthetists (O&P) while creating prosthetic designs for their patients. Placing sensors within sockets and joints can help capture real-time, graphical displays during different phases of gait. This enables the O&P to more precisely alter the socket/stump interface accordingly.
In addition, this information helps determine wear and tear regions on the socket over time.
Figure 2. Pressure mapping technology graphs pressures, force versus time, and center of force, to improve the fit of sockets and prosthetics.
Other Similar Applications
- Prosthetic material selection
- Prosthetic durability testing
- Prosthetic mold design
Ensuring Patient Care and Comfort
Taking steps to offer the best possible care and comfort to the patients must always be a priority for experts in the medical field. These efforts can be measured with pressure mapping.
It is never a pleasant time to be in therapy for a medical complication or injury. One way to help make these difficult times less stressful for patients and their families is by using equipment intended to improve the patient’s ergonomic experience.
Case Example: Capturing Data that Drives Smart Hospital Bed Applications
Patients who are immobilized or comatose are at risk of developing ulcers and bed sores. In a busy hospital setting, it can be hard for nursing staff to always monitor certain patients who may need to be regularly repositioned in their beds in order to restrict these types of problems.
Recently, a hospital bed manufacturer, in association with Tekscan, developed a smart mattress design that would automatically inflate, deflate, or incline the patient after a specific period of time. They used pressure mapping technology to outline general areas for peak pressure points in their mattress design. Using this pressure data, they could more effectively place their inflating mechanisms in spots that would hold a general population of patients.
Figure 3. Pressure mapping helped this hospital bed designer focus on peak pressure points when designing their automatic repositioning application.
Other Similar Applications
- Patient activity monitoring systems
Seize the Opportunity to Drive ROI with Pressure Mapping Technology
The instances and successes discussed in this article are the results of an R&D team collaborating with a trusted pressure mapping resource that could offer a solution to fulfill their particular objectives. Although every process is different, there are key qualities that should be kept in mind by an R&D team while choosing a collaborative partner:
- Experience and Longevity: Does the company have a reputable position in its market and a proven track record of success?
- Mastery of the Technology: Is the company constantly offering new innovations and enhancements to its technology?
- Proven and Diverse Application Portfolio: Has the company given many examples where it was presented with specific challenges and made value-added solutions?
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Company Growth - Tekscan has experienced continued growth. While we are a US company, half of our business is international. Tekscan has earned a ranking on the Inc. 5000, the business magazine’s annual listing of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
Longevity - Thanks to standing on solid financial ground, Tekscan has been able to dedicate significant resources and money to invest in itself through expanded production capabilities. Because we have no debt as a company, our customers can be confident they are making a smart and solid investment when they choose Tekscan.
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