IR-Med files Provisional Patent Application Covering Additional Features of its PressureSafe Device for Early Detection of Pressure Injuries
(“IR-MED or the “Company”) , an innovative medical device company, developing non-invasive, real-time detection devices that utilize Infra-Red light spectroscopy (IR) and Artificial Intelligence (AR) for use by healthcare professionals, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary IR-Med Ltd. has submitted a new provisional patent application covering new methods relating to its non-invasive device, PressureSafe, for detecting and classifying early-stage pressure injuries (PI). The PressureSafe device is currently in the development stage and is intended to undergo a usability study in a few weeks in several locations in Israel.
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The provisional patent application covers advanced methods that combine several technologies to obtain real time high accuracy data relating to suspected latent pressure injuries (PI) , measuring changes in biomarkers that are associated with Stage1 PI and deep-tissue pressure injuries (DTI). Changes in levels of biomarkers can support a healthcare professional’s decision to commence treatment for an Early-Stage PI.
PI are a major challenge for care providers throughout the world. Failure to identify and treat is potentially fatal, with an estimated 60,000 mortalities from PI in the US each year. A study published in 2019 measured the total cost of acute care attributable to Hospital Acquired Pressure Injury (HAPI) for the entire United States at over $26.8 billion . PI remain a concern with regard to hospital quality in addition to being a major source of economic burden on the US health care system. It is expected that Hospitals would need to invest more in quality improvement of early detection and care for PI to avoid higher costs. In many countries, including the US, hospitals and nursing homes are penalized when failing to prevent PI while patients are in their care, including no reimbursement for the cost of treating PI.
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Yoram Drucker, Vice President of Business Development and a Director, stated “The new provisional patent application was submitted to protect the Intellectual Property (IP) generated during the development of the PressureSafe device, combining several physiological parameters with non-invasive molecule measurement capabilities.”
The PressureSafe device has the potential to provide accurate and real time information regardless to the skin colors and may prevent development of Pressure Injuries where early detection and treatment by a health care professional are vital.”
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