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Pneumothorax Drainage Device

Tech ID #: 1236.2 CONNECT WITH A MANAGER FOR LICENSING

Spontaneous pneumothorax is a significant global health problem with an estimated incidence of up to two million events per year globally. Air in the chest cavity can sometimes resolve itself but often requires a hospital admission and more importantly, lifesaving urgent medical care. In a military combat setting, about thirteen per cent of penetrating wounds to the thoracic cavity require thoracic intervention including a chest tube, contributing up to thirty per cent of combat deaths.

Description of Technology

The hallmark treatment of a symptomatic pneumothorax is insertion of an intercostal drain, however this skill is limited to health care practitioners with adequate training. The complication rate from chest tube insertion can be as high as thirty per cent including nerve injury, lung or other organ puncture, inadequate positioning, or infection.

There is a desperate need to reduce complication rates and this can be achieved through:

  • Better training
  • Improvements to the insertion technique
  • Improvements to the drainage device

The pneumothorax drainage device incorporates features for depth control and cavity recognition to enable the proper positioning and draining of pneumothoraxes thereby improving treatment both in the hospital and in the field by military and EMS/first responders.

Areas of Application
  • All military divisions
  • Emergency/first responders
  • Neonatal procedures
  • Allied health care providers
  • Insertion of other medical devices - PEG tube, chest tubes
  • Additional applications: veterinary medicine
IP Status
  • Patent Pending
Competitive Advantages
  • Depth control
  • Cavity recognition
  • Ease of use for less experienced personnel
Stage Of Development

Prototype under development, seeking partners to assist with the development of this device.