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What conversations have you had with inventors?

Edan Baker
Edan Baker | Aug 21, 2017 | in Ideas Box

Just wanted to share what I personally thought was some fun inspiration from others trying to fix problems and create some sound solutions.

Quick back-story: At a national nursing conference for a couple days. "Speed Leading Network Event" - a fun little event they run to network with nursing leaders. Met an amazing lady named Linda Shields, a world leader in family centered care research, did some controversial research about the nurses' role in the Nazi era in Europe, loves thinking up cool inventions.

There's a lot I could have asked this accomplished lady but hey, I wanted to hear about her inventions. She shared two of them with me that I'd like to share with you.

Invention 1: Nasogastric tube capable of definitively identifying whether it is situated in the stomach or not. A nasogastric tube (NG) is literally what it sounds like, a tube that goes through your nose and down into your stomach. We use it for people who have various issues involving their airway/swallowing as it allows us to feed you and keep you fit and strong. Now, the shitty part about NG's are that even if you aspirate it and get bile (kinda lets you know if it's in the stomach) you still need to send the patient off to get an x-ray to show where it's sitting. Annoying problems there:

  • Exposure to X-ray's.
  • Patient's out of the ward, increasing risk to health upon adverse events.
  • Increase workload and disrupt workflow.
  • Big $ to get X-ray's. This is compounded by the amount that's needed.

I think the two biggest bonus' to this would be the massive $ savings and the reduced x-ray exposure. Now I would have loved to pick a part the details but it's patented and we were short on-time. Nonetheless, still cool (finishing development - trying to get funding to roll it out).

Invention 2: This one I think may actually come in useful for PE if it's developed properly (it's open source). So one day Linda was contemplating about what actually happens to our clinical waste. She looked it up and it just goes straight to land-fill and poison's our earth, like all our other waste. Guess what she decided to do? Approach her various connections and try to figure out what else could be done. Turns out, PYROLYSIS can be done! (Fambodia fuel assessment nostalgia). There's a whole lot of expensive leg work to determine the viability of breaking down various forms of chemical waste into safe bio-char, but she's cracking onto it (well the chemists and engineers are anyway). 


I hope you enjoyed this at least a bit. 

Feel free to share a conversation you had with someone who's trying to to invent some cool solutions. Aside from all the talented people at PE who do this in their sleep.

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