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Multipurpose Device for Prophylaxis and Treating Vascular and Respiratory Disorders

(Ref. No. 450-RU)
 

Background

Vascular and respiratory disorders are amongst the most frequent medical diagnoses world-wide. The blood clot-caused Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), typically in the lower legs, and the subsequent blood clot lodging in the lungs, the Pulmonary Embolism (PE), are life-threatening conditions that are currently treated by blood thinners, anticoagulants and thrombolytics, but always remain a risk with prolonged bed rest after surgical interventions, during pregnancy, in obese and immobile patients, and for individuals with genetic predisposition to DVT. Medical devices, stimulating blood flow, to help prevent or reduce the blood clot formation, are in great demand for those who are not in a hospital setting.

Summary of the Invention

Dr. Robert Uzzo, Chairman of the Department of Surgical Oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, has developed a device that allows simultaneous: (1) inflation of compression stockings for individuals predisposed to or suffering of DVT; and (2) inhalation of relevant drugs or breathing exercises for patients with atalectasis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory complications. This multipurpose device is designed to also allow separation of the compression and breathing functions by detaching the centerpiece pump from the compression part. The pump, actuated manually or using batteries, can be secured to the body of the users by straps, enabling prolonged in time use of the breathing part. The device can be used for relaxation and diversion therapies as well.

Advantages

  • Device for prophylaxis and treating both, DVT and respiratory conditions
  • The two functions, compression and breathing, can be separated
  • Compact, portable and allowing the use of commercially available compression stockings for DVT patients
  • Cost-effective device

Patent Status Patent application filed

For Partnering/Licensing information, please contact:
Inna Khartchenko, M.S., MBA
Director, Technology Transfer and New Ventures
Inna.Khartchenko@fccc.edu

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