• Clarice Swanson

'Mediventions' of 2016

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Robotic Nurse Assistant

One problems nurses face constantly is the possibility of injuring themselves while lifting a patient during an emergency or a fall. Robotic Nurse Assistants, also known as RIBA, prevent these situations. The robot can lift up or set down a human from a bed or wheelchair using robotic arms. The robots also include tactile guidance methods to help guide the robots to and from the patients.

Stem Cell Gun for Burn Victims

This device can drastically change the method and time it takes to heal burn victims. The stem cell gun, developed by Renovacare, takes the patient’s own stem cells from healthy skin samples and isolates them in a water solution. The gun allows doctors to spray the solution onto burns and wait for natural healing to take place. According to National Geographic, the process is also very quick, taking only one and a half hours to isolate the cells and spray them on the skin.

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Robotic Heart Sleeve

Every year there are new inventions to help victims of heart failure to continue to live their lives, but recently, a robotic sleeve that can be placed in the heart tops them all. The device mimics the heart’s natural compression movements in order to continue pumping blood through the heart. It can hypothetically keep the heart beating forever. Although the pump has still only been tested on animals with heart failure, with further development, this device could allow heart failure victims to continue to live their lives completely normally.

Test Strips for Deadly Fevers

What if doctors were quickly able to identify fevers from deadly diseases such as Ebola and Yellow Fever versus a regular fever, and therefore save precious time for treatment of a patient? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology began development of such strips in 2015 after the Ebola outbreak. According to MIT News, the strips use color coded nanoparticles that will react with the antibodies of Ebola, dengue fever and yellow fever and will change colors to quickly identify what illness the patient has.

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