Other Surgical Innovations

A variety of novel devices and technology developed in the Innovation Accelerator improve surgery across multiple specialties. In different ways, these innovations help prevent complications after surgery, make the care experience better for both patients and providers, and save time, money or both.

Chest tube removal site dressing

  • Adam J. Goble, APRN, C.N.P. Robert (Rob) B. Hill, APRN, C.N.P., M.S.N. Michael J. Thorn Jr., APRN, C.N.P., M.S.N.

    Chest tube removal site dressing

The chest tube removal site dressing provides the sterile, occlusive and absorbent properties needed for thoracotomy and chest tube removal or discontinuation. The single dressing can be easily applied with one hand. Its transparent edges allow the surgical care team to inspect the surrounding skin and tissue after application. This novel dressing greatly reduces time demands on staff members and the expense of dressing supplies.

Drainage tube obstruction extractor

  • Johnathon M. Aho, M.D., Ph.D.

    Drainage tube obstruction extractor

Dr. Aho's device allows for simple and efficient surgical drainage tube clearance after surgical procedures. His goal in developing the extractor was to decrease surgical complications and improve treatment for patients with blocked drainage tubes.

Laparoscopic hammock

  • Kimberly A. Holst, M.D.

    Laparoscopic hammock

Dr. Holst's laparoscopic hammock allows surgeons to manipulate organs via trocar-type entries into the body. Using a unique end piece design, the device provides a gentle handling method that minimizes tissue injury and compression during laparoscopic surgeries.

Surgical drain stripping tool

  • Robert (Rob) B. Hill, APRN, C.N.P., M.S.N. Michael J. Thorn Jr. APRN, C.N.P., M.S.N.

    Surgical drain stripping tool

The surgical drain stripping tool developed by Mr. Hill and Mr. Thorn allows for rapid and highly effective surgical drain stripping, keeping the drain free of occlusion. This innovation decreases the risk of drain line complications, and it improves patients' confidence levels and experiences after surgical discharge.

Universal gas flow indicator

  • William R. Levenick, C.C.P.

    Universal gas flow indicator

The unique universal gas flow indicator developed by Mr. Levenick, a perfusionist, gives instant and reliable feedback on gas flow in patients who are dependent on oxygen machines. The device increases patient safety, facilitates troubleshooting and reduces stress for health care staff members. The battery-powered indicator is easy to see and instantly determines whether a patient is receiving the correct amount of oxygen.