Below is a list of some of APDC's funded projects. We also provide guidance and assistance to inventors from medical institutions, clinics, private healthcare practitioners, researchers, as well as the business community, who have medical device ideas for use in pediatric patients.
The CellScope Oto(TM) device is a smartphone otoscope system that includes a simple attachment to convert a standard smartphone into a digital otoscope with data transmission capabilities. The Remotoscope thus enables diagnosis of ear infections in children by a remote physician.
The Virtual Pediatric Assistant is a continuous and contact-free infant monitoring system to predict and prevent postnatal cardiac and respiratory morbidity and mortality without the utilization of leads, cuffs, electrodes or other attachments to the body that can cause skin irritation.
KIDS CRRT is the first safe, accurate, low extracorporeal volume continual renal replacement therapy device developed specifically for the pediatric population. KIDS CRRT uses a “conservation of volume” approach to ensure accuracy.
The prosthetic trileaflet valve will be targeted to children 2-12 years old to treat congenital absence, malformation, or stenosis of aortic valves. This valve will grow with children, thus eliminating the need for future valve replacement.
The Biosorb™ Pediatric Dissolving Stent device is a bioabsorbable stent system for the treatment of pulmonary artery stenosis. The use of bioabsorbable stents to treat obstructions in blood vessels of pediatric patients provides the benefit of stenting and removes the risks associated with a permanent implant (i.e., the need to re-intervene and the long term clinical management of the patient).
The hydrogel device is designed to delay regrowth of bone in the suture following surgical intervention for craniosynostosis, and provides the ability to create a functioning suture much like the natural and normal state of calvarial sutures at the age of an infant. The device is an injectable hydrogel that spontaneously polymerizes in situ and can be used at the time of the original surgery or delivered percutaneously after surgery.
PneumoKazoo is an easy-to-use, noninvasive, disposable solution for collecting lung speciomens to better diagnose pneumonia in children. PneumoKazoo uses fluid mechanics to separate the upper airway particles from the lower airway particles so that only a lung specimen is captured on the filter at the end of the device.
The Handy Eye Chart™ uses optotypes consisting of hand gesture symbols instead of letters, and children can use their own hands to replicate the gesture to indicate recognition of the optotypes. There are many children who cannot be tested with existing visual acuity charts including the very young, non-verbal, non-English speaking or developmentally challenged children.
The Hand Sanitizer Compliance device will improve and monitor hand sanitizer compliance among providers with an audio recording reminder and compliance tracking feature. It provides a low cost and highly customizable solution to this problem that has the potential to reduce the costs associated with both treating HAIs and compliance monitoring that is required for accreditation bodies.