The Afeka Medical Engineering School – The Academic College of Engineering in Tel Aviv collaborates with the medical equipment industry and medical centers throughout the country, to identify problems and clinical needs in the field, formulate technological solutions and initiate engineering development processes as part of projects to graduate students.
These applied and research collaborations have so far yielded dozens of projects that have been successfully completed with a practical product (an employee prototype or a software package) or a research product (publication of a scientific paper). The same is true of the Meir Medical Center, with which the students of the School of Medical Engineering have been collaborating in recent years and have already produced six finished projects with a practical product for use and another 17 projects that are currently in progress and will be completed during the current year.
The projects that will be addressed this year have been collected from a number of departments of the medical center – anesthesia department, operating room, geriatrics, pediatric emergency room, midwifery, orthopedics and more. Thus the staff of the Obstetrics Department flooded a problem of embryo monitor decoding done today by human and skilled decoders, which takes many resources of manpower and load in one of the busiest departments. The students suggested developing software for automatic decoding of the fetal pulse, including a user-friendly interface.
The students also offered a solution to a very common and life-threatening problem – increased bleeding after circumcision. The bleeding may be missed, and as a result the evacuation of the newborn to the emergency room is delayed and babies arrive after heavy blood loss. The proposed solution will be in the form of an electronic control system, which will alert in the event of a life-threatening situation to the baby.
To assist the medical staff in tracking the data of corona patients connected to the respirators – a system was proposed that can read the data of the respirators and display them in the CPR systems. .
Other solutions uploaded: an app to encourage breastfeeding for preterm infants’ mothers, a digital room for adolescents in the hospital, harmful smoke extraction during surgery, a training doll for extreme situations in midwifery, management of appointments according to the probability of arrival and more.
“The final projects carried out with Meir Hospital allow students to get to know the clinical needs in the field and the work environment,” says Yael Danai Menuhin, project manager of the School of Medical Engineering at Afeka – the Academic College of Engineering in Tel Aviv. “This environment includes interaction between physicians, patients and a wide range of roles and challenges to consider. This fruitful collaboration enables the creation of creative, innovative and effective technological solutions, some of which are implemented and implemented in the hospital.”