Disposable oxygen level monitoring sensor to avoid spread of infections

The Pennsylvania-based firm DOXS Technology Systems has created a new single-use sensor for monitoring oxygen level and measuring the percentage of oxygen occupied in the exchange of gas carried out by the lungs of a patient, or the portion of inspired oxygen (FiO2). Presently worn out galvanic oxygen sensors have been in continuation for years, but they have a few drawbacks that when combined creates a possible threat. Particularly, they are not sterilizable and due to their hefty cost, they are reutilized among patients. This generates likelihood for pathogens to stay put on the sensor and to hop from patient to patient.

DOXS’ technique is supported on that element discovered in zinc air batteries, normally employed in hearing aids, which by oxidizing zinc produces electricity inside the battery with the help of oxygen present in the surrounding. This may be a most important penetration in sensor technology since they can be created for significantly a smaller amount than usual devices, and DOXS considers they will be able to sell them for almost $45 per pop. This is significantly low than present sensors that have a price tag of almost $200 each.

DOXS has urbanized models, and a completely operational presenter, with the assistance of West Pharmaceutical, a firm that aids to develop medical products. These gadgets are a bit smart. Due to the natural function of a zinc-air battery, the moment the sensor is detached out of its covering and it stumbles upon with air, it regulates itself to a concentration of 21% atmospheric oxygen. It utilizes dual points to do so, the original the atmospheric level upon opening and 0% oxygen while it is vacuum preserved.

The company has several enhancement patents pending and two confirmed patents, but to thrust it to the subsequent level the organizers are in search of investors. Financial support would allow it to conduct clinical trials, create prototypes, commence market launch, obtain FDA approval, and undergo a supervised nationwide expansion.

Well, if all things go well, the new disposable oxygen level monitoring sensor will be a boon for the doctors as well as patients.

Vaibhav Bhosale undertook the post of Content Writer at Medical Device News in November 2016, following a 1.2-year of experience as an Project Lead; Instructional Writer at eNyota Learning Pvt. Ltd. His immense interest in reading brought him in this field. He can be reached at vaibhav@medicaldevicenews.net