27 May 2020

Getinge develops digital platform together with Semcon to reduce the risk of infection during surgeries

In Sweden, infections are the most common hospital injuries – a problem that is
widespread even globally. According to an estimate by the European Centre for
Disease Prevention and Control, there are nearly 9 million cases of health care
associated infections in European hospital and long-term care each year.

"The project aims at helping health care facilities to reduce the number of health
care associated infections that can occur during operations," says Jonas
Andersson, Vice President Global Product Management, Infection Control at
Getinge. "We know that one in ten people in hospital today ends up with a
health care related infection. According to the research, there are many
endogenous and exogenous parameters that affect and in this project we want to
be able to evaluate how the environment in the operating room affects".
In the project, Getinge has chosen to collaborate with Semcon who has extensive
experience in both product development and software development, as well as
knowledge in medical technology.
"The digital platform that we are developing together with Getinge will help health
care professionals to better track a number of endorse-based risk factors.
Based on data from the platform, solutions can be developed to reduce the risk
of infections in surgical environments. This in turn can contribute to less
human suffering and reduced costs for health care," says Johan
Kristensson, Team Manager and Business Manager at Semcon.
By using a number of sensors in an operating theatre, the digital platform can
collect different types of data, which can both be viewed in real time and
analyzed afterwards. This creates a better understanding of what is happening
in the operating room and how to better work to reduce health care related
A prototype will soon be tested in an operating room at a hospital. The project
is based on a number of pre-studies that Semcon has done together with Getinge
and in the project Semcon contributes with cutting-edge expertise in embedded,
sensorics and UX.

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