Those who have to use a central venous catheter, such as patients requiring hemodialysis or chemotherapy, are exposed to contamination by bacteria increasing the risk of infection with the possibility of a fatal outcome. For this reason a multidisciplinary team of entrepreneurs created an intelligent cover that protects the catheter of microorganisms at a very accessible cost.
The cover is a medical grade plastic chosen with the support of specialists for its permeability and easy handling, which prevents the access of microorganisms to the catheter. It has a colorimetric strip that indicates the degree of risk for bacteria contamination, information that can be read even by those who do not have medical knowledge.
Insight Alert, the name of the development and the company formed to continue its development, was the brainchild of three university students: a graduate in International Business, an engineer in Logistics and a Bachelor of Medicine, who combined ideas in the iLab high-impact incubator, in Xalapa, Veracruz.
The CEO of the startup is Dr. Norma Elizabeth Martínez Sánchez. “With the cover we warn about the possible presence of bacteria, in order to take the necessary measures to avoid infection or the invasion of microorganisms to other organs,” explains Martínez Sánchez, who was recognized as one of the Innovators under 35 in Latin America 2017, by the MIT Technology Review in Spanish.
The product will cost MXP 50.00 (USD 2.69) and last three days in a normal patient, but in those who already have better control of the disease it can last up to seven days. According to Dr. Martínez Sánchez, it is intended that Insight Alert can provide protection to patients in rural areas who may not have immediate access to a doctor, in order to avoid considerable problems.
“The idea is to improve the model to be used in peripheral catheters or even to protect wounds. The idea is to complement it with an application for mobile devices. I am currently working on the development of the device together with the University of Colima, with advice of an interdisciplinary team as well as with CIDESI of Querétaro,” the young entrepreneur said.
Anticipating a possible sepsis not only improves the outcome of the patient, it only generates a considerable reduction in expenses for health services, she concluded.
Source: La jornada