The Researchers at Often Medical have developed 'Guido,' an innovative epidural kit based on optical fiber technology that makes epidurals (currently characterized by failure rates up to 30%) safer and more effective. The system has been developed to be immediately used by anesthesiologists and is compatible with the standard 'loss of resistance' technique. The innovative system, patented internationally, allows not only guidance of the needle until it reaches the epidural space, but verification of the correct placement of the catheter. Fiber optic sensors take real-time measurements of tissue pressure at the tip of the needle during penetration. During catheter insertion the same sensors detect possible kinking phenomena, the main cause of the failure of epidural procedures. The ability to monitor in real time the placement of the epidural catheter makes 'Guido' a unique device among epidural kits currently on the market.
Often Medical, a spin-off of the University of Sannio, was founded in 2018 by a group of researchers from the optoelectronic and photonic division of the Department of Engineering of the University of Sannio and a group of doctors from the Department of Medical Surgical Sciences and Medicine Translation of the University of Rome Sapienza, in collaboration with Day One, incubator of high tech start-ups from European research centers.
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