Of the 320,000 cases of colectomy, a common colon reattachment surgical procedure to treat colon cancer performed yearly, about 18% leak following the surgery, causing life-threatening complications and repeat procedures with high mortality rates. The onset of these post-operative anastomotic leaks (AL) is still unknown; visible symptoms are often detected 5 to 7 days after surgery, but leaks may occur earlier. EnteroFlux proposes a continuous optical sensing system that notifies healthcare providers of an AL as early as 12 hours after the surgery while being noninvasive. Our device minimizes the likelihood of complications and improves patient outcomes.
Monday Morning Medical is developing a test strip that analyzes biomarkers for wound healing in an effort to provide concrete evidence of wound progression to the clinician. The test strip uses ELISA technology to analyze the concentration of MMP-2, a biomarker that increases to a a concentration of 0.22 µg/mL and then decreases in a wound that is healing normally. This solution will help clinicians determine when to remove surgical drains in order to limit infection and seroma of the wound.
Handm-aid is developing a cleaning device for laparoscopic instruments which ensures the removal of biofilm after a surgical procedure and before sterilization. This will lead to a reduced risk of infection from following procedures using laparoscopic instruments that have biofilm remaining after the current cleaning process.