Two specific requirements have been identified that would lead to improved outcomes and efficiencies:
Surgical planning based on 3D printing: Joint replacements are a frequent procedure at any hospital. Placing a prosthesis requires implantation material, which need to be tailored to the patient. To that end, several boxes containing material of different sizes are sterilised and made available in the operating theatre (approx. 6 per surgery), so the surgeon can choose the material that best suits the patient. This is logistically complex, and costly in terms of resources and time. The requirement is for an integrated 3D planning and printing solution that eliminates the need for multiple implant material, streamlining the surgical process and delivering better patient and clinical outcomes. Baseline scenario: Current system maintained with inherent failures in logistics, cost and clinical outcomes.
Eco-Friendly Custom Orthoses: Fractures usually need to be treated orthopedically with immobilisation systems to protect them from loading forces for a short period of time. Plaster is currently used for rapid immobilisation and prefabricated orthoses for prolonged immobilization made of plastic material that do not fit patients perfectly, and presently have a multitude of problems for the patient in terms of mobility, hygiene etc., hinder clinical care and assessment of progress, and are costly in terms of materials and clinical care. These orthoses have a life cycle of 6 to 12 weeks and in most cases they are no longer used beyond that time. The requirement is for a system that enables self-production of personalised orthopaedic material that leads to a step-change in both the patient experience and the clinical outcomes, and circular material flow delivering financial and environmental benefits. Baseline scenario: Current solutions are wasteful and inhibit the potential improvements in the quality of clinical care, patient experience and sustainability from emerging technology.