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The R&D teams as Flinders Medical Centre are continuously developing newer and affordable technologies to cater to the healthcare sector.
We are approached by clinicians, manufacturers and care givers to develop medical technologies.
We also seek partnerships from manufacturers to have products designed and developed with an aim of commercialising the idea.
These are some of the products already developed in the FMC:
- The idea to develop a smart posture monitor, to reduce the prevalence of lower back injuries and improve their management, was proposed by two physiotherapists, who experience first-hand the difficulties in changing poor postural habits in the workplace. This experience indicated that technology could be part of a solution to the problem.
- Indurometers measure the resistance of material to indentation (compression). Materials that may be tested include foams (mattresses), fruit and gels (breast implants, bicycle seats, etc).
- Like many soft materials, living tissue lends itself to measurement with indurometers (although indurometers are not dedicated for use on tissue). Other researchers have trialled Indurometers for objectively measuring the response of tissue to thumb pressure, and for the assessment of scar formation after burns and for assessing the progression of sclerosis.
- The AirGuard attaches to an air flowmeter to provide: reduced likelihood of incorrect connection of tubing bold labelling of the air outlet a physical barrier that can be swung aside to allow for connection of air tubing Gas misconnection is reduced by requiring a conscious decision with two-handed action to attach tubing to the medical air outlet. Oxygen is left unchanged and is freely accessible.