Technological improvements in medical devices and procedures continue to bring life-changing solutions for those needing urgent care, undergoing treatments and surgery, and those with injuries or disabilities. Advanced robotics is being used to provide replacements for lost fingers and limbs that operate in similar ways to real ones.
Life expectancy is increasing due to the improvements in the treatments of cancer, heart disease, pulmonary illness, Alzheimer’s, and stroke. Quality of life is improved through the use of new designs for prosthetics and mobility aids. Wireless transmission technology allows remote monitoring to help detect the earliest signs of any disease. Access to real-time information from wearable devices helps patients become proactive in their own healthcare, to better manage chronic conditions, and to make better lifestyle choices in order to avoid diseases.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers reports that advanced engineering now allows computers to process information much more quickly through the use of artificial intelligence programming. The improvements in the micronization of computers allow medical devices to deliver results in form factors that are very tiny sizes including nano-particle sizes, which are microscopic.
There are exciting developments in medical device designs that provide consumer-focused solutions that improve lives. These devices allow better care and make it easier for healthcare providers to help patients in more cost-effective ways.
The application of these technological designs has a positive impact on the lives of those that can benefit from them. Business Insider reported on some of the newest advancements.
Here are some of the most interesting innovations.
Asthma treatment: For those that have severe asthma, a severe attack can be life-threatening. The Bronchial Bronchial Thermoplasty system is a new treatment that works by passing a tube that is flexible down into the lungs through a person’s mouth or nose and then using an expandable electrode that comes out of the device to open up the air passageway.
Stopping bleeding: TraumaGel made from algae can stop bleeding instantly. It has small polymers that join together to make a mesh that physically blocks the blood flow.
Gunshot wound treatment: A large XSTAT syringe that is filled with small sponges is used to pack a gunshot wound. The bleeding stops in about twenty seconds.
Safer plaque removal: A design for a small device shows how it could attach itself to artery walls and stop the blood flow in order to safely remove the plaque with a drill.
Blood clot removal: Capture Vascular makes the MegaVac Mechanical Thrombectomy system, which uses a vacuum tube to safely remove large blood clots that might otherwise break away and cause a stroke.
Accurate delivery of medicine to the treatment site: This smart capsule delivery system has medicine that is protected inside an enclosed pill while it travels through the person’s digestive system and then the medicine is automatically released at the proper treatment site within the large intestine.
Improvements in knee surgery: Knee surgery to repair a torn ligament is made easier by making a bridge-enhanced ACL repair. A sponge made of protein is saturated with the patient’s blood to avoid the body’s rejection and then the torn ligament pieces are connected by the sponge.
Full face transplants: In 2015, N.Y. surgeons successfully completed a full facial transplantation in a surgery that lasted 26 hours. This procedure is now available to others.
Improved brain surgery: Craniotomy is a new procedure used to open the brain so that the surgeons can remove a brain tumor.
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Assistance for Injured and Disabled
Better crutches: For everyday tasks the hands-free iWalk 2.0 shifts the stress from the hands and shoulders to the legs. M & D crutches put the weight on the elbows for better control and can be used hands-free with the feet supporting the weight.
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New fingers: Naked Prosthetics helps those who lost finger be replacing them with robotic prosthetics that move like natural fingers.
Realistic replacements: Dianceht makes very realistic custom prosthetics.
These technological advancements are very useful for many and can significantly improve their lives. More advancements are expected in nano-technology, genetics, surgical procedures, device implantation, wireless monitoring, urgent care, artificial, robotics, and the creation of artificial limbs. Healthcare and medical devices will continue to advance in ways that are fascinating for many to benefit from in the future.