Mechanical circulatory support device cables (drivelines) are exteriorized through the skin in order to be connected to the external power supply and device controller. The drivelines are smooth surfaced or covered in velour to facilitate integration into patient skin and soft tissues. Healing of the exit site involves forming an adherent interface between the driveline surface and the patient’s tissues. Driveline trauma is an impediment to healing. This predisposes to infection, since it allows microorganisms to enter, grow along the driveline, and expand within the patient body.
The Seeker is interested in methods or techniques that eliminate or prevent the driveline dehiscence at its exit from the skin and reduce infection or issues with wound healing. The mechanical, biological, or combination of various methods/techniques for driveline fixation is expected.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices have been shown to provide a significant survival benefit over other therapies in patients with advanced heart failure. Despite advances in device technology and surgical techniques, infections that occur after MCS implant still remain among the most common issue in patients with these devices. The infection may involve different regions such as driveline exit site, around the MCS device implantation site, or the device components. It is currently believed that the driveline exit site is where the infection starts most frequently.
The Seeker is looking for potential solutions that could minimize and/or eliminate the driveline infection and associated cable dehiscence, through mechanical, biological, or combination of various mechanisms, methods, or devices applicable for this clinical need. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on November 7, 2014. Late submissions will not be considered.
After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?
An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.
In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:
Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.