Devices that have been developed over the last ten years have been aimed at making the medical fields easier to operate in. Manufacturing companies have taken it upon themselves to increase the use of technology that is consumer friendly. Most of these technologies, assure the use of noninvasive ways of doing surgery, easier ways of doing important test and other tools that make it easy to make diagnosis and hence to make prescriptions that are in order.
The last ten years have seen growth in terms technology that has been translated to wonderful innovations that have improved services to patients and improved efficiency in the hospitals. This then means that countless lives have been saved due to these innovations. The following are the most outstanding innovations in the past decade
1. Next generation colonoscopy pill cam
Colonoscopy used to be an uncomfortable affair, and to show just how uncomfortable, no explanation will be offered about it in this article. However, this has recently changed thanks to Given Imaging LTD of Israel, which came up with a colonoscopy tool, which is essentially camera that is swallowed as a pill and its movement in the digestive tract records everything that happens. This means that discomfort is no longer part of a colonoscopy.
This then essentially means, the number of people prone to colon cancer has drastically reduced therefore keeping the population healthy. Apart from their pricy nature, this tool is being used in most parts of the world.
2. Deep bleeder acoustic coagulator
These new innovative device from DARPA pharmaceuticals, seeks to make the battlefield easier. In war, and other similar activity, a lot of blood is shed and bleeding needs to be stopped as a matter of urgency. This brilliant innovation uses imaging technology to detect any internal bleeding and employs a strategy of slowing bleeding and saving lives. It is said to use the same principal as the Doppler Effect.
In recent times, it has also been used on accident victims who have internal bleeding. This device is used to save lives that would have been otherwise lost in normal circumstances. It has been improved to also cauterize wounds, external and internal so that to slow the bleeding and consequently save lives. It is still expensive and yet to reach many world markets.
3. Wearable technology
In many parts of the world, burn victims and victims of physically altering accidents have had to endure hours upon hours of hours of plastic surgery that is very painful. In poorer countries, the scars are very evident on people’s faces and parts of their bodies. Wearable technology is a medical based technology that offers an opportunity for patients who cannot afford reconstructive surgery.
It involves what is called a second skin that is worn on top of the scarred skin and gives the victims an opportunity to live normal lives. However, it is relatively new, and some modifications are slowly being done to make it customizable to consumer needs. The only downside is that it is still very expensive and poor patients cannot afford it, but the company promises to work toward producing cheaper second skins to improve the lives of many.
4. Revolutionizing prosthetics
These prosthetics are expected to hit the world market and take the world by storm! They are a new way of replacing amputee limbs and returning the limb function back to normal part from sensation. Developed by DARPA, their initial aim was to treat war amputees among the soldiers but they have been incorporated in to the mainstream market and they seem to be working well. They are electronic, and can bend and unfold, mimicking the function of the arm.
5. Trauma pod
The trauma pod is a semi-automated robotic surgical system that does surgery and acute stabilization for patients in an unreachable area such as the battlefield, people trapped under debris during earthquakes and such accident.
They stabilize the patient and do minor surgical procedure to make sure they are stable as the rescue mission goes on.
Jay is a military veteran in the Medical Corps. He is now a consultant with DARPA. For more information on devices and medical contract manufacturing, he suggests that readers should visit www.coghlincompanies.com/medical_devices.php.