Open Minds 2013 Team: AssureFit
Chest tube insertions are the most commonly performed surgical procedure in thoracic surgery. However, up to 30% of chest tube insertions involve complications that can include dislodgement, which requires immediate action. It is crucial to properly secure a chest tube on the first attempt so that the patient doesn’t have to undergo unnecessary pain and additional risk.
This team’s device will eliminate the current method of securement (sutures and adhesives) by decreasing the distance between the tube insertion site and the anchoring site. The device is comprised of an eight-petalled silicone elastomer ring that slides over the chest tube up to the insertion site, where it is sutured to the skin. The device can contour to the patient’s body with a secure form-fit because of the thin petalled design and the material used.
AssureFit also took First Prize in the 2012 BMEStart competition.
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