As exhibitors in the BT Young Scientist Expo this year, we came across many interesting projects; one of which is Medibands, invented by two young promising students from Davitt College in Mayo.
Ben Studnicka and Callan Quinn were both interested in the area of frontline response to medical emergencies due to personal relationships hence, they both wanted to create a system that would allow friends, family and frontline medical services aid someone in distress more quickly, more safely and more effectively increasing the patient’s chance of survival and making a complete and full recovery.
So, what are Medibands?
They are rubber wristbands provided to patients who are chronically ill and have risks of collapsing in public. There are over 1.4 million chronically ill patients in Ireland currently, of which 38% are elderly patients. With the advancement of technology, they aim to aid these people with their practical solution, the Mediband.
The Mediband itself is a silicone band with a QR code fitted onto it. It’s durable, lightweight and may be used as a fashion accessory. In the event of a medical emergency, anyone with a smartphone can scan the code and retrieve the vital information the user has on the Mediband website. The result is that anyone trying to help the individual can do so with the proper information required, as well as helping emergency services identify a cause and cure faster.
The user’s information will have been uploaded onto the website in conjunction with a GP, and the GP is the only one with access to alter this information. Once a user is registered on the website with their information, a page with the user’s details is generated, as well as a QR code specific to that page which will eventually end up on the user’s Mediband for others to scan.
The type of information available on the Mediband is designed to be as helpful and informative as possible in an emergency situation, as well as respecting the privacy of the patient and avoiding data theft. For this reason, the information on the Mediband contains the following:
- Contact information/next of kin contact information
- Known Allergies and the procedures to undertake to combat them
- Blood Type
- Medication and doses
- Organ donation preferences
- Doctor or GP contact information
The invention of the two young scientists has potential, what do you guys think?