Finalists

Eficiency medical technology, 2013

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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.

Winners 

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.

Certificates

EUROPEAN Patent 1940330

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