The PORSAV project will carry out extensive clinical validation of the new technology, using UCD’s Schlieren-imaging technology to show how leaks are captured and dealt with. This will then be used by IRCAD to train surgeons around the world on how to reduce the risks of COVID in the OR. SteriPack will mass-produce the disposable tubing in Poland, while the vacuum technology is manufactured by Palliare in Galway. Pintail provides project management and administration.
By increasing our understanding and knowledge of surgical aerosol leaks, and capturing these leaks with innovative medical devices, PORSAV makes the operating theatre a safer space for surgeons and patients, and enables surgery services to be re-opened in the wake of the pandemic.