Drying and Inspection Apparatus for Diabetic Feet
My invention is intended for monitoring healing diabetic foot ulcers. I would do this by having an apparatus that inspects, dries, takes pictures, and communicates patient's information with the clinician via a network from the person's home.
What inspired you to make this project?:
I have created and patented my invention after witnessing the horrific outcomes of diabetic foot ulcers. My invention solves the antiquated problems all diabetics face, and that is improper examination of their feet and improper drying between the toes and feet. Clinicians have been instructing patients to dry in-between their toes and to place a mirror on the floor while hovering their feet over this potentially sharp object and examine their feet for any pressure points that might develop into skin breakdown and ulceration. This technique has not evolved and is presently still being taught to patients. This technique does not account for the person’s poor eyesight, limited physical movement, fear of stepping on the mirror, lack of sensation, inconsistent family support, and infrequent self-initiative to perform this action. Although this action might be performed by the affected patient, it is still not a reliable source of inspection when poor eyesight is present. This is the cause for the diabetic foot ulceration epidemic we face today. From the time of discharge till the next clinicians visit, an average of 30 days, a patient's feet are not being monitored, resulting in the worsening of ulcers. I believe that there is a resolution for poorly monitored ulcers. My invention will close the hiatus from wound progression to early ulcer care. "Total estimate cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 is $245 billion in the United States, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity." (The cost of Diabetes: American Diabetes Association)