Palliare Limited's Executive Director John O'Dea presented PORSAV's concept and funding in his talk 'Surgery Can't Stop" at the online Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers (IHES) Spring meeting on March 3rd and 4th, 2021. The IHES is a relationship-driven organization dedicated to the exchange of industry knowledge and experience between America’s leading healthcare executives and suppliers. IHES-facilitated events enable these groups to improve hospital systems and better meet hospital needs through the sharing of new and innovative ideas that make the healthcare industry more productive and effective.
As part of the STEPS Engineering Your Future Programme, PORSAV partner Palliare will provide young people with the opportunity to meet their Engineering Team and experience Biomedical Engineering in action, April 14th - 16th, 2021. They have planned an exciting three-day programme including interactive tours of the engineering labs, live demonstrations of surgical products in operation, encouraging career/design process talks from the engineering team, online hands-on engineering design challenges, and fun quizzes with prizes to be won! STEPS Engineering Your Future (STEPS EYF) is designed to inspire Transition Year students to study engineering. The Engineers Ireland STEPS Programme is a non-profit outreach programme that promotes interest and awareness in engineering as a future career to school students in the Republic of Ireland through a portfolio of projects. Palliare, an Irish Biomedical Device company, based in Galway, works on researching and developing advanced technologies for Laparoscopic, Endoscopic and Robotic Surgeries starting from initial concept design and bringing into the market. The goal is to enhance the safety of Surgical Procedures and the Operating Room by working closely with leading surgeons and medical professionals in hospitals.
On March 8th, 2021, Dr Kevin Nolan, PORSAV PI at the University College Dublin placed second in the annual UCD Impact Case Study Competition. Kevin's entry was based on PORSAV research and titled: Reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission in hospitals. The annual UCD Research Impact Case Study Competition encourages researchers, of all disciplines, to write a case study that tells the story of how their work has made a positive difference. Despite the challenges of the year, UCD Research received more entries than ever before in 2020. Commenting on the results, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact at UCD Professor Orla Feely said: “The volume of entries we received last year is a testament to the high-impact work going on across the university and to our researchers’ dedication to making meaningful contributions to the world. Research at UCD continues to improve health and wellbeing, protect the environment, influence policy, stimulate economic growth, enrich people’s lives, and inspire the next generation.”
On March 6, 2021, PORSAV PIs Ronan A. Cahill and Kevin Nolan, and Jeffrey Dalli have commented on the previously published paper: Cahill RA, Dalli J, Khan M, Flood M, Nolan K. Solving the problems of gas leakage at laparoscopy. Br J Surg 2020;107:1401–1405. Their remarks are in response to comments on the paper referenced above. Read the remarks here. Photographs showing gas leaks as seen using High-speed Schlieren Imaging with varying pressure pneumoperitoneum (a) Leak around camera at 8mmHg (b) abdominal wall leakage at point of trocar insertion into abdominal wall at 12mmHg versus (c) 25 mmHg. (d), (e) and (f) increasing mean velocity at trocar valve at the moment of instrument removal with pneumoperitoneal pressure of 8 (d), 12 (e) and 25 (f) mmHg. Taken from the British Journal of Surgery, znab062, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjs/znab062, published March 6th 2021. DOI: 10.1093/bjs/znab062
Our partner Palliare is pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Bonano to its Board of Directors. Samantha served as President and CEO of Buffalo Filter, a world leader in surgical smoke evacuation systems, prior to its acquisition by Filtration Group in 2019. Scott Flora, Board Chairman, comments “We are pleased to welcome Samantha Bonano to the Board. With the pending US commercial release of our EVA15 insufflation and smoke evacuation system, her previous experience in developing a world leader in smoke evacuation will bring a valued mindset to the Board.” Read the full press release here.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101015941. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibilities of the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.
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