New project to develop surgical technologies for COVID-19 receives €2.4 million funding
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Irish medical tech firm Palliare leads EU H2020 research project with UCD using innovative optical technology for new safer surgery solution.
An R&D project to develop new technology to protect surgeons and patients from COVID-19 has received €2.4 million funding from the European Commission.

The rapid 18-month consortium project, PORSAV, is being led by Irish medical technology firm Palliare, in collaboration with University College Dublin (UCD), as well as Polish medical device manufacturer SteriPack and leading French institution for surgical training IRCAD, and project managed by Pintail Ltd.

UCD Digital Surgery, led by Professor Ronan Cahill and joined by Dr Kevin Nolan from UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, is leading academic partner on the project funded under Horizon 2020. UCD Digital Surgery is based at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, and is part of UCD Centre for Precision Surgery.

The UCD team will examine the nature and extent of unintended gas leaks during surgical and non-surgical procedures such as keyhole surgery, endoscopy and intubation - where the aerosolization of body fluids poses a high risk to healthcare staff.

In general, the problem arises when small amounts of gas used during surgical procedures leak, spreading aerosols that can contain viral particles, endangering surgeons and depositing the virus on operating room surfaces.

The goal of Palliare and the PORSAV consortium is to develop two novel medical devices to manage and filter such leaks at source, and enable the mass production and distribution of the devices to surgical teams and Covid-19 care teams worldwide.

The work applies learning from UCD's airflow-in-surgery research and will benefit from the foundations laid in data sharing and digital analytics between UCD and the Mater Hospital through the Digital Surgery Unit.

Palliare's devices includes a vacuum…
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