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The PDIC has supported development of the following technologies in collaboration with our program partners, the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Office of Discovery and Translation and the University of Minnesota, Medical Devices Center.


Year Project/Technology Summary
2019 Dual Lumen Catheter Goal is to improve reliability of Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CFS) shunts in patients with hydrocephalus to minimizes the need for revision surgery and complications
2018 Approach to improving symptoms of eczema Goal is to provide improved options for the home-based treatment of eczema
2018 IV Pole Accessory Goal is to improve mobility and reduce complications of IV tubing managment for hospitalized pediatric patients
2017 Optimizing Infant Nutrition Through Breastmilk Device Goal is to develop a discreet, automated, wearable medical device for the stimulation, expression and collection of breastmilk
2017 A Telemedicine Solution for Congenital Heart Disease Screening in Low Resource Settings Goal is to develop a telemedicine system, in collaboration with Children's HeartLink and One Heart Health, to support local health providers identify signs of congenital heart disease (CHD) in low resource settings.
2017 Liquid crystal display thermometer (LCDT) for measurement of infant body temperatures Goal is to develop an LCDT, in collaboration with Maternova, Inc., that is able to detect infant fever and hypothermia in low-resource care settings
2017 Technology platform for pediatric stroke rehabilitation Goal is to create a system to promote home-based delivery of rehabilitation following pediatric stroke
2016 Weight based dosing syringe Goal is to improve the process of delivering rescue medication during pediatric cardiac arrest
2016 Drug delivery method for adrenal crisis Goal is to improve the process of delivering resuce medication during pediatric adrenal crisis
2016 Methods to improve delivery of dental care in children Goal is to develop alternative peri-procedural approach to decrease anxiety scores, minimize anesthetics, and maximize patient outcomes
2016 Development of tools to improve delivery of medical care for children with special communication needs Goal is to develop tools that improve understanding of medical procedures for children with impaired cognitive or language abilities to reduce confusion and anxiety
2015 Pediatric intraluminal bronchial stent using patient-specific anatomy Goal is to design a bronchial stent specific to a child’s anatomy using 3D printing technology to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with bronchomalacia (abnormal compression and collapse of the trachea or bronchus)
2015 Modified bubble CPAP for use in children in low resource settings Goal is to develop a device that can be assembled from materials available in low-resource settings (e.g. rural Africa) for use in children experiencing respiratory distress such as preterm infants or respiratory infection
2015 Point-of-care pediatric heart imaging blanket array Goal is to develop a device that can capture echo cardiogram data in health care settings lacking access to ultrasound technicians
2014 Tissue-engineered pediatric right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) graft Goal is to develop a heart valve that will grow with a child, and reduce or eliminate the need for repeat open-heart procedures to accommodate for heart growth
2014 Intra-pulmonary aerosol generator for drug delivery in neonatal intubated patients Goal is to develop a device that will allow for faster, more efficient, delivery of drugs to babies who are intubated in the NICU where IV delivery is often challenging
2014 3D rendering of the thoracic cage from plain 2D radiographs of scoliosis in children Goal is to develop a method of improving scoliosis management in children by turning 2-dimensional x-rays into 3-dimensional images that can give surgeons a better understanding of the patient anatomy

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