Sanna Gaspard

Sanna Gaspard

USA
Rubitection
ELETRONICS & TECHNOLOGY
HEALTH
Rubitection designs a low-cost high-tech device to detect and monitor early-stage pressure ulcers.

Approximately 2.5 million patients suffer from pressure ulcers in the US every year. Commonly known as bedsores, their banal-sounding name masks the dangers they hold: 60,000 people die every year as a direct result. Caused by constant pressure on a given area of the skin, they are typically found among bed-ridden or wheelchair-bound patients. ‘They primarily affect the elderly, a population that is expected to double in the next 15 to 20 years,’ says Sanna Gaspard, PhD, a biomedical engineer based in Pittsburgh who has invented a device to catch the early warning signs of pressure ulcers: the Rubitect Assessment System (R.A.S.) is a non-invasive optical reader that measures the skin to determine if an early-stage bedsore is forming or progressing.

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