The products are patented.
The vest was used to support the sternum after cardiac surgery by preventing over expansion of the thorax, without restricting breathing. As a result sternal wound infection rates dropped from 2.4 to 1.9 per cent, also reducing the considerable cost of managing such infesctions.
Judges´ comments: This project showedsustained focus on a difficult problem with promising technology. It displayeda good method of assessment, economic evaluation and teamwork.
First place innovation award 2009 from the city of Vienna, Austria
Project: Prevention of sternum instability after heart surgery using a newly developed thorax support system.
EUROPEAN Patent 1940330