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SurgiBox Operating Room in a Backpack

  • Institution Country: U.S.A.
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  • Sector: Health
  • Funding Stage: Proof of Concept

SurgiBox: The Operating Room in a Backpack
by SurgiBox Inc. Massachusetts Corporation

SurgiBox: the operating room in a backpackSurgiBox addresses three problems often encountered when delivering surgery in conflict zones and humanitarian crises. Firstly, patient safety, which carries high infection risks in non sterile facilities. Secondly, provider safety, where infection risks can be exacerbated by inadequate personal protective equipment, such as in the Ebola crisis. Thirdly, surgical capacity, where medical facilities are targets of attack, requiring medical teams to be nimble, and necessitating small footprint infrastructure and simple supply chains for equipment.

SurgiBox rethinks safe surgery by shifting the focus of protection from full operating room infrastructures, down to the incision site itself. SurgiBox is a clear sterile drape that inflates with sterile air into an enclosure over the incision. Practically, SurgiBox has an antimicrobial incise drape at the bottom to cut through; it has ports for the entry of staff arms and materials; it holds a surgical tray inside; it fits in a backpack or suitcase as a ready-to-use kit for rapid deployment; and it can be rapidly set up without interrupting existing surgical workflows.

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