SurgiBox Inc., inventor of surgical kits that allow doctors to perform surgeries in the middle of war zones and under other extreme or hostile situations, has announced that it is collaborating with Ukrainian organizations to deliver SurgiField Kits to train Ukrainian surgeons in advanced surgical techniques.
In addition, the company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has launched a rigorous data collection on SurgiField use and surgical safety in Ukraine with the support of the United States-based Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC).
More information can be found at https://www.surgibox.com.
Recently, SurgiBox Inc. CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Mike Teodorescu (graduate of HBS Doctoral programs), HCA Florida Healthcare/MedGlobal surgeon Dr. Michael Samotowka, and Massachusetts General Hospital Research Fellow in Trauma and Emergency Surgery Dr. Emanuele Lagazzi delivered an ambulance full of SurgiField kits and other critical medical supplies to Kyiv at the request of Ukraine’s Operational Command North and the Protect the Future Charity Foundation.
This is the second major shipment of SurgiField to Ukraine’s government, with an earlier shipment in late 2022 to Operational Command South, which has helped to save lives in war-torn Ukraine.
“This latest mission was far from a simple delivery,” Teodorescu said. “Safe surgery means skilled teams having the right tools in the right setting to do what is necessary for patients. We wanted to deeply understand how SurgiField impacts surgical safety and accessibility in Ukraine.”
Dr. Samotowka led an advanced surgical skills training for seasoned surgeons in Ukraine via MedGlobal, a Chicago-based NGO providing international medical aid. Lieutenant General Serhii Nayev, commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, met with the SurgiBox team and shared the same assessment when he witnessed SurgiField in use first-handed creating ultra-portable sterile fields.
SurgiField, which is essentially an operating room in a backpack, is “a state-of-the-art surgical equipment that will help [medical teams] do their work,” due to its ability to “help save, firstly, time for processing the operation field, and secondly, it helps to ensure sterility in an aggressive environment […] Provides immediate surgical access,” said Lieutenant General Nayev, who also committed to working with SurgiBox Inc to expand SurgiField availability wherever needed.
SurgiBox Inc was founded by clinicians from Harvard Medical School and the United States military, engineers, and seasoned entrepreneurs connected by a shared passion for safe surgery at the point of need. It was initially incubated at MIT D-Lab under the aegis of MIT Mechanical Engineering Professor Daniel Frey and the late Lecturer Dennis Nagle, before accelerating through Harvard Innovation Lab (“i-Lab”) and MassChallenge into an ISO13485-certified medical device company.
An estimated 18 million people die annually from conditions that safe surgery could address. Lack of safe surgery generates a Gross Domestic Product loss of $12.3 trillion from lost annual productivity.
SurgiBox addresses a 39B USD market by directly offering a solution by dramatically reducing the upfront cost and geographic barriers to surgery while offering excellent safety standards. The company’s patented technology is an ultraportable sterile environment that improves the safety of surgeries at any time, any place.
In austere conditions, SurgiField Kits make safe surgeries possible without existing facilities. Within hospitals, SurgiBox increases operational throughput and decreases cost.
Interested parties in SurgiField kits can find out more by visiting the above-mentioned website or by calling 703-789-5438.
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